Our affiliated ship in the Royal Navy, HMS Dauntless is now back in Portsmouth after spending the last nine months in Birkenhead at the world renowned shipyard of Cammell Laird. She has been undergoing an upgrade to her propulsion system as well as a wider refit. “Dauntless” is leading the way and is the first of the Type45 class to complete the Power Improvement Project (PIP) with the same benefits following to the other five ships in the Destroyer fleet in due course.
The new captain is Commander Peter Barfoot who some World Traders will remember served on “Dauntless” five years ago, he and the crew are looking forward to carrying out sea trials this summer after which she will be alongside in her home port in Portsmouth to recover the capabilities of her systems. After this it is hoped that the ship will be in excellent shape to conduct a full work up in 2022.
During the prolonged absence from being fully operational the ship’s company have not stood still and have been providing excellent support to the commercial partners in Birkenhead, training in the South, supporting other Navy ships at sea and very importantly helping with the NHS vaccination programme.
Once sea trials have been completed and the COVID situation resolved hopefully there will be the opportunity to again meet up with our affiliated ship, officers and crew and renew our bonds with the Royal Navy that are now entering their third decade.