HMS Dauntless and two other ships leave Portsmouth

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HMS Dauntless left to continue her sea trials in a busy morning of Royal Navy departures from Portsmouth.

The 1bn Type 45 destroyer is heading to Bergen in Norway and then on to Tromso - a mere 1,250 kilometres from the North Pole - to conduct cold weather sea trials and to prepare for basic sea training starting next month.

A priority for the ship's company will be testing out the warship's kit in the cold weather, and ensuring everyone is trained to handle freezing conditions.

Leaving just before the Dauntless was Type M41 minehunter HMS Quorn, which has deployed along the south coast for three days where her ship's company will take part in mine countermeasure training and trials.

Finally, Type 42 destroyer HMS Edinburgh left for several weeks to go to the Flag Officer Sea Training organisation at Devonport Naval base in Plymouth.