UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced that the Royal Navy’s Daring-class, Type 45 anti-air warfare destroyer HMS Daring (D32) has been deployed in the Gulf to join the fight against the terrorist group, ISIS.
During the nine-month deployment, HMS Daring will support the US-led coalition mission, Operation Inherent Resolve, and will provide air cover to the fighter jets of the US aircraft carriers that are carrying out airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
The vessel will also be tasked to patrol the busy shipping lanes and relay information to the coalition’s Combined Air Operations Centre in Al Udeid, Qatar.
Fallon said: “All three armed services are making a vital contribution to defeating Daesh. RAF aircraft are hitting the terrorists daily on the ground; the Army is providing counter explosives training to Iraq troops; the Royal Navy helps protect coalition carriers in the Gulf as they launch strikes.
“With the biggest defence budget in Europe and the second biggest in Nato our armed forces are making a real difference around the world.”
HMS Daring will take over responsibility from HMS Defender, which was deployed earlier this year in the Middle East to support the fight against ISIS.
The vessel will also protect its flagship HMS Ocean, which will lead the maritime combat effort against ISIS, and carry the Royal Navy and Royal Marine troops to counter pirates, terrorists and smugglers.
The recent deployment will add to the UK’s contribution, which includes Royal Air Force aircraft conducting air strikes, as well as the stationing of military personnel to train the Iraqi forces.
Image: HMS Daring operating alongside US Navy in the Gulf. Photo: courtesy of Royal Navy.