HMS Dauntless left Portsmouth today for a five month routine deployment to the Gulf.

The Type 45 destroyer will maintain a continuous presence in the region deterring piracy and keeping the sea lanes open for free and safe passage of merchant vessels.

During her time away Dauntless will make several stops in the Mediterranean for training as well as visiting ports in a number of Gulf States to strengthen ties in the region.

Her Commanding Officer, Commander Adrian Fryer, said:

“This will be a high profile deployment for Dauntless during which we will provide reassurance to the UK’s allies in the region, while conducting maritime security and counter-piracy patrols. HMS Dauntless has been through intense training to be in a position to undertake this deployment and I am immensely proud of my ship’s company.”