Friday 25 Jul 2014


Commander Angus Essenhigh

Commanding Officer, HMS Daring (UK Royal Navy)

Seven months into a high-profile nine-month Asia-Pasic deployment, the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Type 45 anti-air warfare destroyer HMS Daring Has notched up several firsts, including its successful detection and tracking of ballistic missile targets at the US Army’s Reagan test site in the Marsha Islands.

One first that Daring’s commanding officer, Commander Angus Essenhigh, was happy to avoid was blocking the Panama Canal. 

“Daring was the first Type 45 to transit the canal, and it was a challenge; the ship is 22 metres wide and the canals are about 35 metres wide, which is not a lot of room, but the dominant feature is that our stabilisers project beyond the waterline,” he told IHS Jane’s.

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