Royal Navy sends its mightiest ship to take on the Iranian show of force in the Gulf

The Telegraph:

The Royal Navy’s most formidable warship is being sent to the Gulf for its first mission as tensions rise in the strategically vital region, it can be disclosed.

The Royal Navy's most formidable warship is being sent to the Gulf for its first mission as tensions rise in the strategically vital region, it can be disclosed.

The £1 billion destroyer carries the world’s most sophisticated naval radar, capable of tracking multiple incoming threats from missiles to fighter jets Photo: PA

        By , Defence Correspondent

7:00PM GMT 06 Jan 2012

Iran has threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, which served as the conduit for 17 millions barrels of oil every day last year.

Naval commanders believe the deployment of HMS Daring, a Type 45 destroyer, will send a significant message to the Iranians because of the firepower and world-beating technology carried by the warship.

Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, has publicly warned Iran that any blockade of the Strait of Hormuz would be “illegal and unsuccessful”.

The Daily Telegraph understands that HMS Daring has been fitted with new technology that will give it the ability to shoot down any missile in Iran’s armoury. The £1 billion destroyer, which will leave Portsmouth next Wednesday, also carries the world’s most sophisticated naval radar, capable of tracking multiple incoming threats from missiles to fighter jets.

Daring, with its crew of 190, will transit through the Suez Canal and enter the Gulf later this month to replace the Type 23 frigate currently on station

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6 Replies to “Royal Navy sends its mightiest ship to take on the Iranian show of force in the Gulf”

  1. I wonder how fast the Iranians want to replace their navy? If they are convinced they need a completely new fleet as well as an air force, this might make sense. I mean having your air and naval assets used as target practice by Allied air and sea power can only be described as incredibly stupid under any other circumstance, right? Ya, I thought so too.

  2. Nick:

    You are assuming rational rules of engagement for our side.

    I am willing to wager that the ROE Obama sets for our side of this conflict will actually give Iranians the win.

  3. if that project has been run as so many other defence projects have; the radar might be able to detect a fly turd at 100 billion miles in thick fog and bullshit but there will be no bloody missiles to fire at it as they are;
    A: late (MoD goalpost maneuvering),
    B: too expensive (thereby compromising MoD pension schemes/bonuses),
    C: ordered too late to be available,
    D: all of the above.

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