HMS Daring leaving Portsmouth – some belated pics

Here are some belated pictures of HMS Daring leaving Portsmouth for the Middle East a few weeks ago.

Just to give you an idea of how long ago she left, she was last in port at Aqaba, in Jordan after transiting the Suez Canal!

Expect even bigger crowds when HMS Dauntless leaves for the South Atlantic next month…

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19 responses to “HMS Daring leaving Portsmouth – some belated pics

    • James Daly

      Yeah, it was quite some sight. Theres a guy who goes down and plays the bagpipes whenever a ship leaves or comes back from a deployment. Usually Hearts of Oak. The way the sun was in the sky when Daring went made for a good picture as she sailed towards Outer Spit.

      I reckon there’ll be more when Dauntless leaves, probably a fair bit of media attention too I should imagine.

  1. John Erickson

    Not sure which would be better – slip Dauntless off without hoopla, or make a huge show of it. I guess it depends on which way the wind is blowing in Buenos Aires. (Or I could be cruel, and say which way the wind is blowing through CFK’s ears! ;) )

    • James Daly

      The interesting thing is, the Government, MOD nor the RN can control how many people turn up on the Round Tower and Hot Walls to see her off – I suspect it will be quite a few! What they can do, if they wish to downplay her departure for fear of looking like warmongers, is schedule her to leave at some ridiculous time when no-one will bother getting out of bed, or when its dark. It all depends, as you say, on the political considerations on the day.

  2. The lone piper who performs on the Round Tower for any significant arrival or departure of a warship is called Larry Cunningham. He is a resident of Grand Parade, Old Portsmouth who once spent four days on board an aircraft carrier as a soldier and delights in adding some spectacle to such occasions.

    • James Daly

      It’s great of him to do that, it does add to the sense of occasion. I only wish there could be more official pomp and circumstance for deployments, returns, first entrys and paying-offs.

  3. x

    I vaguely remember the sound of bagpipes wafting across Whaley on a few occasions.

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