Launch of world''s most advanced warship

01 Feb 2006

HMS Daring, the first of the Royal Navy's new Type 45 destroyers was launched on 1st Feb 2006. Daring will be the world's most advanced warship when she enters service in 2009. She was launched from the BAE Systems shipyard at Scotstoun in Glasgow by Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex.

Eleven thousand tickets were issued, 1,500 of them to local school children. On the day the crowd were also treated to a display by the Royal Marines on the river and a Royal Navy Lynx helicopter flying display.

Speaking in advance of the launch, BAE Systems Naval Ships MD Vic Emery said: "This is obviously a very important day for the communities in and around the shipyards at Govan and Scotstoun but we should not forget that this is also a hugely significant day for the Royal Navy. Daring will represent a huge leap forward in capability.

The successes we have had in the construction of Daring and the improvements we are delivering on the subsequent ships demonstrate that the Clyde is still the natural home of warship building in the UK.

The class of up to eight HMS Daring with Braehead in backgroundType 45 Anti-Air Warfare Destroyers will provide the backbone of the Royal Navy fleet for the first half of the 21st century. When the ships enter service from 2009 they will be amongst the most advanced fighting ships in the world.

As the Prime Contractor for the programme, BAE Systems is responsible for design and systems integration, supervising the assembly at its own facilities on the Clyde and at VT Shipbuilding in Portsmouth.

The multi-billion pound programme is one of the largest defence programmes underway in the UK and is engaging a network of suppliers and partners throughout the UK and beyond, securing thousands of jobs in industry.

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