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Countess Of Wessex Visits Sponsor Vessel HMS Daring In Portsmouth

The Countess of Wessex met those working on the Type 45 destroyer as it undergoes a refit.

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The Countess of Wessex has visited her sponsor vessel HMS Daring at HMNB Portsmouth, meeting the engineers and logisticians working on the Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer.

Lieutenant Commander Jason Wyatt, in charge of the Type 45 Refit Support Group, is leading the regeneration of HMS Daring for frontline operations and hosted Her Royal Highness on a tour of the ship and dock facilities.

The Countess has keenly followed the progress of the lead Type 45 destroyer, having launched the ship on the Clyde in 2006. 

She last visited while Daring was on deployment to the Black Sea in 2017.

Countess of Wessex visits HMS Daring Type 45 destroyer in Portsmouth 2021072 Credit Royal Navy.jpg
The Countess of Wessex visited HMS Daring in Portsmouth (Picture: Royal Navy).

Lt Cdr Wyatt said: "As the Senior Naval Officer of HMS Daring it was an honour to reacquaint Her Royal Highness with her ship and to show her the areas and machinery being overhauled."

HMS Daring's refit has included complete overhauls of propulsion and weapon systems, refurbishment of living quarters, plus upgrades to communications, radar and safety equipment.

The vessel will also be in the programme for a weaponry boost later this decade, with the addition of Sea Ceptor air defence missiles silos on all Royal Navy destroyers.

Cover image: Countess of Wessex visits HMS Daring (Picture: Royal Navy).