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Ghana to welcome UK Navy ship as Queen celebrates Diamond Jubilee

3 June 2012 | General News

Ghana will welcome HMS Dauntless, a Royal Navy destroyer, from 5th to 13th June as it makes a tour of the region. Dauntless has spent about 8 weeks in West Africa, visiting Sierra Leone, Senegal and Cape Verde, helping to train maritime agencies of West African nations.

The arrival of the Royal Navy's most powerful warship at the Sekondi Port on June 5 will coincide with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. The ship will make another stop at the Tema Port on Friday June 8. While Dauntless is docked in Tema, she will host a number of events including a seminar on maritime security and a defence industry trade show.

HMS Dauntless was commissioned on 3 June 2010 and it is commanded by Captain Will Warrender Royal Navy. HMS Dauntless is the second of the type 45 class of air defence destroyers built for the Royal Navy and has been in active service for nearly 2 years.

Dauntless; Fact sheet
Displacement 7,500 tonnes deep displacement
Length 152.4m
Max Beam 21.2m
Speed 27 Knots +
Range 7,000 nautical miles at 18 Knots
Flight 1 x Lynx Mk 8
Complement 190 (+ up to 60 Royal Marines)
Launched on 23 Jan 07 by the ship's sponsor, Lady Mary Burnell-Nugent, and commissioned in Jun 10.

HMS DAUNTLESS is the most advanced warship in the world and is powered by all-electric propulsion, meaning the whole ship (including propulsion, weapons, and hotel) can be run from a single power plant at an economical speed of 18 knots. The two WR21 gas turbines produce between them 42MW, enough to power 70,000 homes (more than the city of Dundee).

The design incorporates stealth technology to reduce the range at which it can be identified, including the cooling of exhaust gases to reduce the infra-red signature and avoiding the use of right angles in its construction. This also reduces the radar signature to make DAUNTLESS appear to be only the size of a fishing boat on radar.

The Multi-Function Radar has a range of four hundred kilometres and is optimised to detect sea-skimming missiles. This British radar represents the cutting edge of technology.

Sea Viper
The Sea Viper missile system can deal with multiple air targets simultaneously and is the most advanced system of its kind in the world. DAUNTLESS became the first T45 to fire a Sea Viper missile in Sep 10.

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