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Warships visit Plymouth base for sea and safety trials

HMS Daring and HMS Dauntless at Devonport Naval Base. Pic: Royal Navy
HMS Daring and HMS Dauntless are part of a 6bn Royal Navy programme

The UK's two newest warships are at a Devon naval base for training and sea trials exercises.

The two Type 45 destroyers, HMS Daring and HMS Dauntless, are at Plymouth's Devonport base.

HMS Daring is to undergo weapons training to prepare for her operational sea training. HMS Dauntless is undergo preliminary sea and safety training.

The Portsmouth-based vessels are the first of six Type 45 destroyers in a £6bn programme.

The primary mission of the Type 45 destroyer, which has a displacement of 7,350 tonnes and a crew of 190, is air defence.

The vessel has a range of 7,000 nautical miles and a maximum speed of nearly 30 knots.

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