THE Lord Lieutenant of Dorset Angus Campbell and 26 of his deputies visited HMS Dauntless as part of a tour of the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to see the Royal Navy through the ages.
The guests included former BBC war correspondent Kate Adie, who famously reported on the London Iranian Embassy siege in 1980.
The group was invited aboard the Type 45 Destroyer by First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas. The group learnt about the history of the HMS Dauntless, including its role and capabilities as a war ship.
The Ministry of Defence considers the Type 45 as a necessary backbone to the fleet. With a length of 152m and an 8,000-tonne weight displacement, the Type 45 is deployed all around the world.
HMS Dauntless was the second of the Type 45s to join the fleet in November 2010 and the first of the Daring class destroyers to fire the new Sea Viper missile.
The party was informed about the ship’s recent deployment to the Arabian Gulf as well as the construction of HMS Queen Elizabeth and the HMS Prince of Wales currently underway in Scotland.