HMS Daring has set sail from Portsmouth for a nine-month deployment to the Persian Gulf, in the fight against Daesh.
The Type 45 destroyer and her 190-strong crew will work alongside French and US aircraft carriers as they continue to launch attacks against the Islamist terror group IS, over Iraq and Syria.
Daring, Britain’s most advanced warship, will use her sophisticated radar and missile systems to protect carriers as they strike at targets, and act as an intelligence and information hub.
She'll patrol some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes during the deployment, which comes after that of her sister ship HMS Defender, which carried out a similar role earlier this year. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:
"All three armed services are making a vital contribution to defeating Daesh. RAF aircraft are hitting the terrorists daily on the ground; the Army is providing counter explosives training to Iraq troops; the Royal Navy helps protect coalition carriers in the Gulf as they launch strikes.
"With the biggest defence budget in Europe and the second biggest in NATO our Armed Forces are making a real difference around the world."
Philip Dennis, Daring's Commanding Officer, said:
"Our Type 45 destroyers have proved their worth to the coalition in the Gulf and we will build on the progress we have made so far. Daring and her crew have been through intense training to ensure we are fit to tackle the challenges of this important deployment."
Daring will have 260 personnel on board, including Royal Marines and Army specialists.
Her other task while away will be to protect the Royal Navy’s annual deployment to the Middle East, including flagship HMS Ocean, which will assume command of the maritime counter-Daesh effort in the Gulf later this year.
As well as providing air defence to Ocean, Daring will mitigate the threat of waterborne attack, carrying Royal Navy and Royal Marine boarding parties to counter pirates, terrorists and smugglers.