HMS Dauntless reflects on visit to birth city

MOODY HMS Dauntless in Loch Long
MOODY HMS Dauntless in Loch Long
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REFLECTED in the still waters of Loch Long, HMS Dauntless cuts a calm figure as she loads up on ammunition before taking part in a series of war games.

The Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer has spent the last week or so around the Firth of Clyde, including a visit to Glasgow where the ship was built.

While alongside in Loch Long, many of the sailors on board seized the chance to go and enjoy some adventurous training by going skiing, cycling, and white water rafting.

Commander Adrian Fryer, the ship’s commanding officer, said: ‘The Type 45s have a strong bond with Clyde, it’s where all six sister ships were built.

‘Although we are unable to open to the public on this occasion, we strove to accommodate as many groups as we could.

‘We hope the people who did make the journey to visit us left having had an interesting time on board our exceptional ship.’

The ship has been busy so far this year, with two months of Operational Sea Training – the demanding assessment which ensures all Royal Navy vessels are fit to deploy around the globe.

Having finished the training off Plymouth, the exercises will now continue for HMS Dauntless.

The navy’s annual Exercise Joint Warrior war games kick off this week in Scotland, with more than 30 British and foreign warships taking part.