HMS Dauntless Takes Time Off in Dubai

Type 45 Destroyer HMS Dauntless has enjoyed a well-earned break from her high-tempo operational deployment to the Gulf with a stand-down in Dubai.

The stand-down period gave the ship’s company the chance to catch up on maintenance that cannot be completed at sea including work on the ship’s Lynx Mk 8 helicopter.

The air defence destroyer hosted several high profile visitors during her time alongside, including the Deputy Commandant General Royal Marines, Brigadier Richard Spencer OBE.

Brig Spencer, the head of Royal Marines personnel, visited the ship to meet the Royal Marines Boarding Team (RMBT) embarked in Dauntless to support her wider role carrying out Maritime Security Operations (MSO).

Having a RMBT gives Dauntless the capability to stop and board suspect vessels thought to be involved illicit activities, helping to protect the vital Sea Lines of Communication the UK’s economy relies on across the globe.

With her maintenance complete Dauntless has returned to sea as her deployment continues, resuming her duties in the Gulf supporting Combined task Force 150 and providing air defence to the US aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson.

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