HMS Daring damaged in tug collision

HMS Daring outward bound from Portsmouth Naval...

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I’m sure you’ve all seen the reports about how HMS Daring was damaged yesterday in Southampton Water, when a tug – civilian – lost power and collided with her. She was in Southampton for a port visit.

Daring hot-footed it back to Portsmouth today in order to be examined, and as chance would have it I was sitting eating my lunch on the hot walls in Old Portsmouth when she came in.Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera with me, but I’m sure some pics will surface soon. She’s got a couple of not inconsiderable dents in her starboard side amidships, just above the waterline at tug-level, and a scrape running all the way down to the aft section. Hopefully it looks worse than it is, but it seems that half of the tugs black paint came off onto Daring too! Looks like somebody’s going to be doing some warship-sized panel beating…

The RN has had bad luck in recent years with collisions. Of course there was also the HMS Endurance flooding incident in 2008, and HMS Nottingham almost sank after hitting an uncharted rock off Australia some years ago. I’ve often wondered why the Navy insist on using dedicated tugs when coming in and out of harbour, while bigger commerical ferries glide alongside on their own. The use of tugs is probably down to the HMS Vanguard incident in the 1960’s, when Britain’s last old style Battleship ran aground on Portsmouth Point on her way to the breakers yard. Not too much harm done, but very embarassing…

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Theres some footage of the damage here courtesy of the Portsmouth News.

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21 responses to “HMS Daring damaged in tug collision

  1. Dar

    Without giving to much away, but your HM Ship has got it to difficulty. While out in the Gulf in the early 90’s & about to set sail from Bahrain. We were asked if we wanted a Tug, as Sailing out of Bahrain is difficult at the best of times, because of “Sandbanks”…
    So there we were, as Ships company is getting ready to sail, We Chef’s getting “Scran” out,& everybody was going about Business.
    We were Sailing for I would say 20-30 minutes…#BANG# the Ship SHOOK,but didn’t Stop… We were lead to believe that our ship HMS L?? # # #L hit this Sandbank.
    This alone had the Ships Company cheering, because it meant more time ashore…..Due to complications, we were towed from Bahrain to Dubai, GREAT….
    Now because of “Secrets act, stamped on it, I really can’t continue saying much more, but I guess that if you Google what I have “Written”, you will see what I’m on about, but I just wanted to say…
    It’s not only the Tug’s that cause Warship’s to Crash, they CAN do it on there own.
    I did 11yrs in the Andrew, & Loved it, but it’s all what “It say’s on the Tin”.

  2. James Daly

    Hi Dar, I think I know the ship and the incident you’re referring to. You probably know this but if you look on the MOD website there is a section containing boards of inquiry into groundings, accidents etc.

  3. x

    I wish I had made a note now of all the foreign warships with bow thrusters.

    { “I was sitting eating my lunch on the hot walls in Old Portsmouth” yeah, yeah. Rub it in why don’t you…? :) }

  4. James Daly

    Its not that nice in the autumn and winter, and if theres a high tide and strong winds like today then its like a salt water shower. But all the same, the Still and West do a lovely fish and chips :D

  5. James Daly

    Oh lots of salt and vinegar. And tartare sauce with the Cod. Just the way to watch warships in your lunch hour!

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