Working alongside the navies of Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand, Daring will shortly take part in Exercise Bersama Lima under the Five Power Defence Arrangement (FPDA).
The FPDA was established in 1971 and provides for defence co-operation between the five signatories.
But before the exercise gets underway Daring, and her Company, will have the opportunity to take part in a series of engagements underlining the UK’s commitment to the region.
Daring will host a Defence and Security Industry Day for leading UK defence companies as well as participate in community outreach projects.
Commander Angus Essenhigh, Commanding Officer of HMS Daring, said:
“The presence of a Royal Navy ship is indicative of our support to our regional partners and also shows the interest the Royal Navy has in maintaining our presence in the region.”
HMS Daring, and her 190 crew, left the UK in May and have already clocked up more than 18,000 miles carrying out engagements and exercises in Puerto Rico, Panama, San Diego, Hawaii and Australia before arriving in Singapore.
In Australia the 8,500 tonne Type 45 destroyer welcomed more than 12,000 visitors onboard at the spectacular 100th birthday celebrations of the Royal Australian Navy.
Continuing her deployment Cdr Essenhigh said it was a privilege to now be taking part in Exercise Bersama Lima alongside regional partners.
“It has been two years since the Royal Navy was last in Singapore, so it’s fantastic to be back and participating in such a high-profile exercise,” he said.
Press Release, November 01, 2013; Image: Royal Navy