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First port of call for destroyer

HMS Daring
The Daring is part of a fleet of six Type 45 Destroyers

The world's most advanced warship has docked at Merseyside as her first public port of call before her commission with the Royal Navy in July.

HMS Daring, a Type-45 Destroyer, has anchored at the Cruise Liner Terminal in Liverpool for a four-day stay.

The 5,800 tonne ship, in the Guinness Book of Records as the most advanced warship, will open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.

The Daring has been involved in sea trials since she was launched in 2006.

About HMS Daring
She can track and destroy a cricket ball-sized projectile moving at three times the speed of sound
More than 150m long, the Daring will have a range of 7,000 nautical miles
She is the seventh ship to bear the name Daring

Captain Paddy McAlpine, the commanding officer of the Daring, said his crew was looking forward to exciting times on board once she was fully commissioned as a Royal Navy warship on 23 July.

"We are all very proud of this ship, she is a thoroughly modern grand dame of the seas and the crew can't wait to show her off."

In addition to the organised tours for the public, the ship will host a number of private tours for local schools and colleges.

The crew will also play a friendly football match against Valentine's Veterans in Liverpool and then a rugby fixture against Birkenhead RFC.

The Daring, together with her five sister ships, has been designed to be "a flexible multi-role vessel".

She can carry out missions ranging from air defence and anti-piracy to humanitarian functions.

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