The Type 45 destroyer, also known as the D or Daring class, is an advanced class of six guided missile destroyers built for the United Kingdom's Royal Navy. The class is primarily designed for anti-aircraft and anti-missile warfare and is built around the PAAMS (Sea Viper) air-defence system utilizing the SAMPSON AESA and the S1850M long-range radars. The first three destroyers were assembled by BAE Systems Surface Fleet Solutions from partially prefabricated "blocks" built at different shipyards, the remaining three were built by BAE Systems Maritime – Naval Ships. The first ship in the Daring class, HMS Daring, was launched on 1 February 2006 and commissioned on 23 July 2009.
Not to be confused with the Daring class destroyers (1949).
The Type 45 destroyers were built to replace the Type 42 (Sheffield class) destroyers that had served during the Falklands War, with the last Type 42 being decommissioned in 2013. The National Audit Office reported that, during an "intensive attack", a single Type 45 could simultaneously track, engage and destroy more targets than five Type 42 destroyers operating together.] After the launch of Daring on 1 February 2006 Admiral Sir Alan West, a former First Sea Lord, stated that it would be the Royal Navy's most capable destroyer ever, as well as the world's best air-defence ship. The reduction in the number to be procured from twelve, then to eight and eventually down to six (in 2008) was controversial. Another controversy erupted when it was revealed that due to issues with the WR-21 gas turbines, the class were not operating as originally envisioned in the warm climate of the Gulf. As a solution, a future multi million-pound refit for the class adding additional power generation capacity is planned.
| ||Pennant number||Builder||First steel cut||Launched||Date of commission||Status||Badge|
|Daring||D32||BAE Systems Surface Ships||28 March 2003||1 February 2006||23 July 2009||In active service|
|Dauntless||D33||BAE Systems Surface Ships||26 August 2004||23 January 2007||3 June 2010||In active service|
|Diamond||D34||BAE Systems Surface Ships||25 February 2005||27 November 2007||6 May 2011||In active service|
|Dragon||D35||BAE Systems Surface Ships||19 December 2005||17 November 2008||20 April 2012||In active service|
|Defender||D36||BAE Systems Surface Ships||31 July 2006||21 October 2009||21 March 2013||In active service|
|Duncan||D37||BAE Systems Surface Ships||26 January 2007||11 October 2010||26 September 2013||In active service|
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We offer our Type 45 class Destroyer Models in several popular size/scale offerings for easy ordering and selection. However, if you would like your model made in a size other than those sizes listed, please contact us with your request. Custom orders are our specialty!
Our Destroyer models are made-to-order, meaning that we do not stock any pre-made models. Only when a customer tells us the size and/or scale desired do we build the model. Each model is exquisitely crafted by our master model builders and comes fully assembled with a solid hull - hand carved from kiln-dried mahogany. Other parts are made from a variety of woods, putty, resin and metals. Every model includes pedestals, mounted on a polished mahogany base board. Options include keel block mounting, waterline models, nameplates, ships seals and ribbons, and weathering paint schemes.
The model build time is generally 16 weeks from receipt of the order and deposit. The normal procedure is a 50% deposit with the commissioning, with the balance due prior to shipping. Note that prior to shipping, we take a series of photos of the model and send them to you for final review and approval – so you know exactly what your model will look like and allow for any necessary modifications. Once you have approved your model, we’ll collect the final balance and she will be shipped in a robust shipping crate and insured for your protection.
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