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HMS Daring sea trials 18th July 2007

HMS Daring sea trials 18th July 2007

Bow on shot as daring passes Port Glasgow.

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A very uncluttered looking ship. I am intrigued by the "boiled egg" atop of the forward stack. It seemed to be rotating in the TV shots. Is this the new Sky TV dish?
 

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To mis-quote the Duke of Wellington: "Very Large Ship, Very Small Gun"
 

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At first glance I am wondering if the bod who was the chief designer also was a keen golfer.The round ball on the forward mast looks like a golf ball on a tee.

But I suppose the design would have something to do stealth
 

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The round golf ball on the foremast is the SAMPSON phased-array radar, used for Surveillance and guidance for the ships ASTER SAM missile system
 

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How about the monster flat screen TV. Air surveillance?
 

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Hard to guage the size of these ships. Can get a rough Idea from the 4.5" gun. Be interesting to see one next to a type 23.

The bridge windows look massive though, almost makes the ship look smaller than it is.
 

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Indeed, the radar on the mainmast was rotating. It has projections from the sphere which have earned it the nickname of Sputnik for those of a certain generation who remember that...............
 

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Apparently the ships are palatially appointed as far as accomodation is concerned - 6 to a cabin for the Ships company - That's certainly novel in an RN Destroyer, far more civilised than the ships she is replacing in service the Type 42, I remember 54 men to a mess in the after Jungle (3P Mess). I believe the old Ark had some Messdecks with up to 80 men.
I have always thought that although it's more civilised and the men seem to have much more comfort, privacy and space, this luxury may take away a degree of comraderie and a sense of closeness that kept a ships company a close knit fighting unit. What are the thoughts of fellow SN's?

Regards,

Tom
 

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