New warship launched on Clydeside


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From the BBC.com:
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Thousands of people watched as the Royal Navy's latest warship was launched on the River Clyde.
HMS Dauntless, one of a new generation of warships, was officially launched at the BAE Systems shipyard in Govan in the south of Glasgow.

The Type 45 is the second vessel of its kind to be built in the city as part of a £6bn programme.

About 8,000 people attended the launch which saw a parade of local sea cadets release a flurry of balloons.

Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram said the launch of the Dauntless marked a historic day for the people of Glasgow and the Clyde.
For the rest of the story, go to http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/glasgow_and_west/6292371.stm

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Type 45 photo gallary at http://www.royal-navy.mod.uk/server/show/nav.2228

Comment: Just goes to show that not all the news for the Royal Navy is bad.
 
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>>At least British shipbuilding is still alive.<<

Alive but not well I'm afraid. I saw an article in Ship's Monthly quite recently which marked the end of shipbuilding on the Tyne. It's a tragedy to see something like that happen, especially since a number of famous ships were built there. The Carpathia was one of them.
 

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>>The Carpathia was one of them<<

And don't forget the Speed Queen herself, Mauretania!

Yes, Michael, sadly it does seem to be the case that shipbuilding has come to an end on Tyneside. I first read of this in a newspaper article on September 10th last year, and thought how depressing such news was only a week or so before the centenary anniversary of the launching of the finest ship to have been built at the Swan Hunter yard.

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I thought it interesting that the Type 45's are being built and launched on inclined ways. There can't be very many yards still using them.
 
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From the Shipping Times. (Good to see it publishing again.)

Third destroyer takes shape at Glasgow shipyard
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The first two blocks of the third Type 45 Destroyer, Diamond, have been moved into the BAE Systems yard at Govan, Scotland. The blocks, which make up the stern and one of the mid sections of the ship, will now be joined together ahead of the final three blocks being moved into position. The destroyer will then be prepared for launch on the 27 November this year.
For the rest of the story, click on http://www.shippingtimes.co.uk/item355_hms_diamond.htm

Comment: Given the depleted state of the fleet, this is a positive development.
 
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Another milestone here. From The Shipping Times:

Another milestone at shipyard for Type 45 destroyer
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All seeing 'eye' installed on HMS DARING
Completion of the world's most advanced air defence warship by BAE Systems has moved a step closer with the installation of the company's advanced Sampson radar on top of HMS Daring, the first of the Royal Navy's new Type 45 destroyers. The radar will now be integrated with the Principal Anti Air Missile System (PAAMS) and the vessel's combat system at the company's Clyde shipyard.
Story at http://www.shippingtimes.co.uk/item377_TYPE45.htm
 
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From The BBC:

Navy destroyer linked to Cardiff
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One of the Royal Navy's latest ships will be associated with Cardiff, it has been announced.
HMS Dragon, a Type 45 destroyer, is being built on the River Clyde in Scotland along with five sister ships.

All ships and submarines of the Royal Navy are affiliated to different towns, cities and regions in a move which aims to strengthen community ties.

In 2005, HMS Cardiff made its final trip to its namesake city before being decommissioned.
Story at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/6686029.stm
 
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From The Shipping Times:

HMS DARING begins new naval chapter as trials commence
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A new chapter in British naval history began today in earnest as HMS DARING, billed as the world's most advanced warship, left the BAE shipyard on the Clyde where she is being completed, to begin her sea trials..

The massive destroyer, the biggest in the Royal Navy since the days of the battle-cruisers, left her berth at the Scotstoun shipyard at 13:00 hrs to proceed downriver to the Firth of Clyde and out to sea where her first series of tests take place.

She is the first of six Type 45's being built at Glasgow, with sections also being built at VT Shipbuilding in Portsmouth. In the early hours of yesterday morning she was assisted out of drydock and berthed at the fitting out quay where earlier today she took on bunkers.
Story at http://www.shippingtimes.co.uk/item754_HMS_DARING.htm
 
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From the BYM Maritime News:

VT Shipbuilding delivers fourth Daring Class bow set to BAE Govan shipyard
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VT Shipbuilding has delivered the fourth bow section for the Royal Navy’s new Class of Daring Class destroyers to BAE Systems Surface Fleet Solutions’ Govan shipyard in Glasgow.

The 50m. section, weighing some 1100 tons, was loaded out from VT’s advanced shipbuilding facilities in Portsmouth Naval Base and placed on a barge which was subsequently towed to Glasgow in a four-day voyage via the Irish Sea.
For the rest, see http://www.bymnews.com/news/newsDetails.php?id=17086
 
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From Defence News.com:

Audit: U.K. Destroyer to Face 11-Month Delay; Program Costs Rise
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Britain’s National Audit Office (nao) says the first of the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers is not forecast to enter service until November 2010 – 11 months later than when the government watchdog reported on its progress last year.
Releasing its annual report Nov. 30 on progress in Britain’s top 20 defense projects, the NAO said the destroyer program led by BAE Systems also showed a 354 million-pound ($733 million) increase in forecast costs to 6.4 billion pounds in the year that ended in March 2007.
For the rest, go to http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?F=3219810&C=europe
 
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From All News, Royal Navy Live:

Guernsey Forms Ties with the World’s most Advanced Air Defence Destroyer
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Guernsey is being affiliated with one of the Royal Navy’s most advanced new air defence warships, it will be announced today (Wednesday 30 January 2008).

The Chief Minister, Deputy Mike Torode, will reveal to the States of Deliberation and to the Island at the January States Meeting that the first of class of the new Type 45 destroyer, HMS Daring, is to become ‘Guernsey’s ship’.
For the rest, see http://www.royal-navy.mod.uk/server/show/ConWebDoc.11378/changeNav/6568
 
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From The Shipping Times:

HMS DARING embarks on second trials off Scotland's west coast
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HMS Daring, the first of class Type 45 Destroyer for the Royal Navy, has set sail to start the second stage of sea trials. The trials will involve extensive testing in open water off the west coast of Scotland and will last for five weeks.
More at http://www.shippingtimes.co.uk/itm166_HMS-DARING.htm
 
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From All News, Royal Navy Live:

Daring Shows The Experts What She Can Do
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The Type 45 destroyer Daring did a bit of showing off yesterday between islands of Arran and Bute for the benefit of a host of journalists, many of them (whisper it) of the distinctly anorak-ish nature.

For staff from Jane’s Defence Weekly, Warships International Fleet Review and, of course, Navy News, is seemed as if Christmas had come early in the warm May Day sunshine.

But then, under such expert eyes, Daring had to perform — and perform she did.
More at http://www.royal-navy.mod.uk/server/show/ConWebDoc.12624/changeNav/6568
 
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From The Independent:

Royal Navy's £800m to rule the waves
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Moored in the Firth of Clyde, out of sight of the little port town of Largs on the west coast of Scotland is a sinister and strange looking ship.


Its sheer grey sides are topped with numerous whirling radars and bristling antenna. Rising high above the deck is an 80 ton steel obelisk on top of which is a spinning ball with spikes sticking out.

The ball looks a little like Sputnik, the first artificial satellite launched by the Soviet Union in the 1950s. Only this ball is a thousand times more sophisticated than that bleeping radio transmitter. It is the most advanced radar in the world, which can monitor everything in the air for a 200 mile radius, and is the centre piece of this £800m T45 destroyer which will be delivered to the Royal Navy in December.
Full story at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/royal-navys-163800m-to-rule-the-waves-820738.html
 
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From The Shipping Times:

Six of the best but scrap the rest
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The six Type 45 destroyers currently building and on order at yards on the Clyde and at Portsmouth will be the only ones built, the UK Government confirmed yesterday.

The announcement was not unexpected but is still a blow to shipyards who had hoped for a further two ships at least.
More at http://www.shippingtimes.co.uk/item_10092.html
 
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From All News, Royal Navy Live:

A Daring Success
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The first of the Royal Navy’s new powerful T45 Destroyers, HMS Daring, has completed her final set of contractor sea trials with great success.

During the five week trial, the 7,350 tonne vessel was put through her paces. In particular, the full range of communications equipment was tested to ensure that all elements of the system can talk to each other.
More at http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/server/show/ConWebDoc.13794/changeNav/6568
 

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