A crowd of family members and well-wishers gathered to wave off HMS Daring as it left its home base for a seven-month mission to the Middle East.
The warship is the first of the six new Type 45 destroyers being introduced to the fleet.
Daring will take over from a frigate on station east of Suez where it will continue counter-piracy measures as well as provide general backup for the UK’s operations and allies in the region.
The £1 billion destroyer, also carries the world's most sophisticated naval radar, capable of tracking multiple incoming threats from missiles to fighter jets.
The vessel has also been fitted with new technology that will give it the ability to shoot down any missile in an enemy's armoury.
Preparations for the deployment have included extensive training culminating in an eight-week operational sea training course which the ship and crew passed in November. Read More