The first two of the Royal Navy’s new Type 45 destroyers are being deployed to two of the current hottest spots of potential conflict.
As we reported recently. HMS Daring, the first of the Type 45s and the class leader, is on her way to the Strait of Hormuz to join the multinational battle group led by the American supercarrier, USS Abraham Lincoln and with the Type 23 frigate, HMS Argyll in attendance.
The Strait of Hormuz is the narrows through which 20% of the worlds oil is shipped out from the Gulf States. Iran has threatened to close the Strait to shipping if sanctions were imposed against her – which the EU did last week.
HMS Dauntless, the second on line of the Type 45s, also doing much of her sea trials in the Clyde waterway system, is now off to the Falkland Islands.
Argentina has been becoming territorially frisky in the context of a UK without aircraft carriers and carrier borne fixed wing aircraft in its fleet.
Dauntless is equipped with the awesome Sea Viper surface-to-air missile system which travels at four times the speed of sound – 3,000 mph.
The fact that SAR helicopter pilot, Prince William, is due for a spell of duty in the Falklands in a few days time may also have something to do with getting Dauntless down to the South Atlantic as a sobering presence.