NAVY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 2009 13
Picture: Billy Cullen, BVT
Dauntless’ gr8 expectations
ANYTHING you can do, I can do
But not any more.
Over three days last month, 110 new members
Longer-standing Navy News readers may recall
of the ship’s company were inducted – nine out
our feature on HMS Daring’s sea trials back in the
of ten of them junior ratings – without seeing the
summer of 2007 and some impressive shots of
ship for real.
the Type 45 destroyer turning nimbly at speed.
The induction was carried out in the destroyer’s
Well, none of those images were quite as
future home port (and explained why HMS Nelson
impressive as this one of her younger sister
was swimming with matelots in No.1s at a
Dauntless (she did her ‘figure of eight’ manoeuvre
normally quiet time of the year...).
at a faster speed).
All 110 sailors were briefed by the captain
A joint ship’s company of civilians and RN took
on Dauntless’ progress, before more detailed
Dauntless to sea off the west coast of Scotland
explanations about life and kit aboard by the
for her second series of contractors’ sea ea
Executive Warrant Officer, Executive Officer,
ddoc, bish, schoolie and clubz (who is
The emphasis on Dauntless’ second d
aalready trying to form a football team).
concerted spell at sea fell upon testing her er
Jaw jaw’s very well and good, but a bit of
combat systems and communications
ppractical never goes amiss.
So the new Dauntlesses toured her
But when’s that ever stopped the ME
older sister (who is identical) and visited
department and bridge team showing
other units and organisations which will ● A plethora of junior rates pose for the camera in HMS Nelson as they formally join the ship’s company
support the ship and her company, such of HMS Dauntless Picture: LA(Phot) Chris Mumby, FRPU East
Hence some rather deft manoeuvres
as the Waterfront Manning Office.
– witnessed by some of Dauntless’
This is a new way of managing a
affiliates, including the future CO of
ship’s company – and it’s a process
the King’s Royal Hussars, the Worshipful l
lilikely to be adopted by the remaining
Company of Clothworkers, RAF 51 Sqn and
winners of a raffle held by Percy Headley School
“I have just joined Dauntless from HMS
Edinburgh,” said AB(WS) Dominic Hackett.
The second of the RN’s breed of six new air
“I was really looking forward to joining
defence destroyers is still in the hands of her
Dauntless, and I like the way the joining has been
builders, BVT (formerly the shipbuilding wings of
BAE Systems and Vosper Thornycroft).
“We have been really warmly welcomed and
Although there’s a mixed crew at present,
we all understand how things are going to work
many of the responsibilities aboard are already in
for the next couple of months.”
the hands of the ship’s company.
Post-summer leave, many new joiners will
There’s a fully-qualified team of watchkeepers
take courses in the Portsmouth area and all
in the ME department, while RN personnel operate
will undertake generic (such as fire-fighting
the sea boats and comprise the firefighting and
and damage control) and bespoke (such as
damage control teams.
weapons systems) training so that the ship has
But there’s a little way to go yet before the
a full complement of qualified sailors by the time
£1bn warship is handed over to the Senior
Dauntless is formally ‘accepted off contract’ – ie
Service at the year’s end, not least learning about
handed over – and the destroyer passes from the
the contents of every compartment and ensuring
hands of builders BVT to the Royal Navy.
that it all works tickety-boo. There are only 750-
That’s due to be done by the end of the year,
plus compartments to check (more than three when the ship finally bids farewell to Scotstoun
times the number on a Type 23...). (where sisters HMS Diamond and Dragon are
Learning those compartments starts at the top: fitting out; Duncan and Defender are still being
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