HMS Daring visits Gibraltar en route to Suez

Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyer has visited Gibraltar for a second time, four years after the ship’s first visit to the British overseas territory.

The Portsmouth-based destroyer stopped off in the harbour as she prepares to head east of Suez on maritime security operations.

It was a busy day in the port as Daring met up with sister ship HMS Diamond and RFA Mounts Bay, who were also alongside.

But Gibraltar was not awash with battleship grey for long as Diamond sailed shortly after Daring’s arrival, heading off to join an operation in the Mediterranean aimed at countering arms trafficking.

Mounts Bay meanwhile has been assisting with the removal of potential chemical weapons materials from Libya.

The Governor of Gibraltar, His Excellency Lieutenant General Edward Davis, said: “As ever, Gibraltar is delighted to see a Royal Navy warship visit the Rock, particularly in the run-up to National Day, and particularly when it’s a ship that is a world leader in terms of maritime air defence capability. I wish HMS Daring and its crew every good fortune during their vital mission to the Gulf.”

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