HMS Dauntless has completed the African leg of her deployment and is now on her way to the Falkland Islands.
The £1bn Type 45 destroyer recently spent three weeks in Cape Town where sailors visited a children’s home, hospital and local townships.
‘We arrived in Cape Town with great anticipation – it was a glorious morning with the awesome sight of the iconic Table Mountain emerging from the morning haze,’ said Lt Tom Rowley, Dauntless’ air warfare officer.
Once alongside, Dauntless flew the flag for the UK with an official reception onboard.
Cape Town marked roughly the half-way point in Dauntless’ maiden deployment and the end of her three-month African adventure.
On her way south from Portsmouth, she visited countries used to hosting Royal Navy vessels, such as Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Ghana; and ones which rarely see the White Ensign fluttering in their harbours – Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Angola.
In Angola, Dauntless was the venue for a security conference about piracy and terrorism held by the respected Chatham House think tank.
‘Opportunities like this are few and far between,’ said Captain Will Warrender, the ship’s commanding officer.
‘The ability to get some of the key decision-makers and people of influence together to discuss a common problem can never be underestimated.
‘I hope in the long run it will be of immense strategic value to the wider region as a whole.’