Daring handed over to Royal Navy

12 Oct 2008

Daring, the first Type 45 Destroyer, has been handed over by BVT Surface Fleet to the Ministry of Defence and Royal Navy at BVT's Scotstoun shipyard on the Clyde.

The handover ceremony marked the Acceptance off Contract for the ship, which was delivered on time and on budget by the team at BVT, their partners and suppliers. The ceremony included Clyde ship yard staff that marched off Daring and were replaced by the ship's Royal Navy crew, who formally marched on board following the raising of the white ensign over the ship's flight deck for the first time.

Speaking after the ceremony, BVT Chief Executive, Alan Johnston said; "Today is a combination of the commitment and exceptional partnership working between BVT, the Royal Navy, the MOD and all of our partners, suppliers and contractors to produce one of the finest ships in the world that will, in the next 12 months, enter service with the Royal Navy.

"Each and every person who has been fortunate enough to play a role in bringing this ship together should be extremely proud of what they have achieved. Daring is an exceptional ship and I am delighted to be able to hand her over on behalf of BVT today."

Commanding Officer of Daring, Captain Paul Bennett said; "As Commanding Officer of Daring, it is an absolute privilege to be the first Captain of a ship in the Type 45 fleet. Daring is a great example of our 21st century Royal Navy and both my crew and I have been looking forward to this occasion for several months while we have been standing by our ship.

"The Royal Navy team has worked tirelessly alongside BVT, government departments and the many partners who have ensured that this ship is one of the best in the world and I must pay tribute to them for their hard work and commitment."

Daring, was launched from BVT's facility in Scotstoun by HRH the Countess of Wessex in February 2006. The ship has since undergone three sets of contractor sea trials and following the Acceptance off Contract ceremony, will be ready to leave the Clyde for the first time under Royal Naval command in January.

  • Daring gets handed over, image supplied by BVT Surface Fleet