Skip to comments.Daring enjoys ‘truly amazing’ experience working with American carriers
Posted on 03/20/2012 8:33:05 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
Daring enjoys truly amazing experience working with American carriers
Britains most advanced warship, HMS Daring, has worked with two American aircraft carrier groups as her Gulf mission steps up a gear. The new destroyer has been showing off her air defence and fighter control prowess with the USS Carl Vinson and Abraham Lincoln and their task groups.
Turning away from the most powerful surface ship in the world is the most advanced warship in the Royal Navy.
On her maiden deployment, HMS Daring has worked with not one but two US Carrier Strike Groups here the USS Carl Vinson, but also her sister Abraham Lincoln.
The Portsmouth-based warship the first of six cutting-edge Type 45 destroyers has been exercising with both 100,000-ton flattops as she integrates with our closest allies.
That integration has taken the form of swapping sailors with several American ships, notably cruisers USS Cape St George and Bunker Hill, as well as the two carriers, allowing the two navies to share expertise and ideas and forge good working relationships.
The Carl Vinson leads US Carrier Strike Group One, while the Lincoln is the flagship of Group Nine (there are 11 such groups in all, comprising one carrier, one cruiser, two destroyers, one hunter-killer submarine and a support ship, plus an air group of more than 60 jets, helicopters and pistol-engined aircraft).
The culmination of this effort was HMS Daring working fully with the Carl Vinson and her impressive air wing of fast jets.
The Sampson radar (the spiky spinning egg atop Darings main mast) and command and control system allow multiple targets to be tracked to ranges of up to hundreds of kilometres. That information is fed to the Aster missiles in the silo on the ships forecastle.
With the Long Range Radar (the large black slab just forward of the ships hangar) it means Daring can track many thousands of air contacts giving her unprecedented surveillance of huge areas of air space.
Which means that she is a valuable asset for a US Carrier Strike Group providing such a comprehensive air picture of the complex Gulf airspace.
Working with the US carriers and their air wings is the culmination of many months of training and hard work for the ships company, explained Lt David Berry, one of two fighter controllers aboard Daring.
For me, this is the pinnacle of my fighter controlling career and it is truly amazing to watch it all come together in this operational theatre.
"Taking control of F-18 Super Hornets in this busy operational environment is hugely rewarding.
Daring is attached to the Combined Maritime Task Forces on a wide-ranging maritime security tackling piracy, smuggling, people-trafficking, terrorism and other criminal activities as well as working with Coalition and regional allies.
Darings not the only Royal Navy vessel to link up with a US carrier group. In the Arabian Sea outside the Gulf the Abraham Lincoln joined forces with Britains capital ship, HMS Westminster.
The Portsmouth-based frigate is also on a maritime security patrol of waters east of Suez tackling piracy, smuggling, people-trafficking, terrorism and other criminal activities while Abe is conducting both that mission and supporting operations in Afghanistan, codenamed Enduring Freedom.
Cool pic. Sharp looking craft there.
The article says it is intersecting "the most powerful surface ship in the world." Isn't that the GHW Bush?
Just a quibble. Such a craft as the Daring probably doesn't fit into the Naval profile of the USA.
But cool is cool...
Pretty cool looking!
China is building a powerful navy, and I do worry about that — but the operational skill of controlling a carrier group takes years to develop. The US can do things no other nation can do, no matter how many ships the other nation may have.
Curious, as I am not a naval specialist.
Not sure I’d feel safe flying in one of those pistol engined aircraft. Maybe it’s just me.
Such as project the power of 85 combat ready aircraft with enough fire power to level a small country in a matter of hours. That’s the compliment of one American aircraft carrier. I believe there are currently 12 carriers in our Navy and we can do this anytime, anywhere we want. As Colin Powell once said, ‘’It means the power of the United Stats lies just over the horizon.’’
The DDG-51 class has roughly the same displacement with far greater capabilities. Notably absent from DARING is a land attack option.
Would someone enlighten me on how you can designate a ship as a “Destroyer” and it has only a single small caliber gun shown. What is it going to destroy?
No torpedos are shown. I presume there are some misiles - surface to surface, surface to air - but what abot surface to undersea? That tower makes for a handy target, visually and on radar.
This seems to be the old missiles vs. guns argument of the 1960s for aircraft. I thought that was settled in favor of guns when the F4H Phantom had to be equipped with a gun pod/internal gun.
Most destroyers and frigates built since 80s have had only one main gun. In the Daring’s case, it’s a 114mm gun, which is not terribly small compared to the 127mm guns used by the USN.
Like a lot of British projects, the Daring has been built with space for, but not with add-on weaponry due to funding issues. So it’s anti-sub capability is mostly provided by its helicopter.
HMS Daring’s anti-ship and anti-sub capabilities consist entirely of helicopter launched Sea Skua missiles. Our cheapskate government couldn’t be bothered to arm it properly, so they designed it ‘for but not with’ things like harpoon missile launchers, CIWIS, and sonar.
As it stands at the moment, the Type 45 is basically an air-defence destroyer, full stop. Apart from the gun and the helicopter, it has no other weaponised capabilities...
There are plans in the pipeline to upgrade the guns to 6.1 inch (155mm) weapons to bring it in line with the army’s self-propelled artillery pieces. But yeah, its pretty crap. Expensive crap too, £1.1 Billion a ship. We’d have been better off buying US Aegis ships. Apart from maybe a slightly better radar, this ship is a donkey, whose primary virtue is providing jobs for British engineers.
Like I said in an earlier thread, perhaps we’d have been better buying American, and ploughing all that money into a British space program instead...
Fair enough, but then, would the government (any democratic government for that matter) still plough back those savings into something of strategic benefit?
Another way for you to rationalise spending is to abandon the Trident programme and go for a cruise-based solution using attack submarines and aircraft.
Trident missiles based in subs are able to reach anywhere in the world, no matter how far inland, and cannot realistically be stopped. Cruise missiles have a more limited range and travel at subsonic speeds and could potentially be shot down before reaching their target. Britain’s nuclear deterrent would therefore be diminished.
Sub-based ballistic missiles are the only game in town when it comes to a reliable strategic nuclear deterrence...
Back in the 1960s-70s, the RN had to learn to euphemise how they refered to ship types in order to secure funding. ‘Battleships’ and ‘aircraft carriers’ ended up being scrapped, buy the late and lamented ‘Invincable’ class aircraft carriers survived by being referred to as ‘through-deck cruisers’ when they were being proposed to HM Government for construction.
The HMS Daring is actually more akin in size to an old cruiser, but the word ‘cruiser’ conjures up images of something big and expensive, so the RN, out of habit, prefers to refer to it as a destroyer. Even the Type 23 ‘Frigates’ we have in service are, at 4,900 tons, larger and heavier than the c.2,000 ton vessels that we used to call ‘destroyers’ during WWII...
Also, you are probably right about democratic governments. They tend to think short-term. And pols tend not to care about what happens beyond their next electoral term, which is why we get so much penny-pinching and poor procurement decisions, because the consequences of those decisions tend not to be felt until a decade or more later.
The only reason Britain is getting two full-sized aircraft carriers is because a lot of his constituents depend on Rosyth Dockyard, where much of the work on building them is being carried out. He sealed up the contract so tight that cancelling them would cost more than continuing with the work.
Cameron and Co would have loved to have cancelled the project but they can’t. Gordon Broon probably did this country the only favour he ever did by securing those contracts, admittedly for his own, selfish electoral reasons...
Well my point was only about cost-cutting!!! The UK really has little practical choice in this matter. Cutting Trident would mean a diminished strategic capability but it would in theory at least give greater latitude to conventional weapons capability.
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Could someone explain the circumstances/reasons wherein a CIC other than aboard the carrier would be controlling flight ops? I assume that if the carrier was damaged, if flight ops were out of commission, that control could flow to another ship in the battle group, as all are connected via data links, and in theory any one could then direct the battle. I know it makes good sense to train for any possibility in combat, but wouldn't the Hawkeye assume control of the air battle first.
I'd appreciate any insight anyone could provide, and/or any links that might explain this is greater detail.
Same is true here. USN destroyers have the displacement of an old-time CA, but we don’t want to call things “cruisers.”
Not unlike what passed for a fighter aircraft during WWII and a fighter today.
but we dont want to call things cruisers.
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I agree with you but once the ‘butt buddies’ are authorized and SOP no telling what they will call them -
It give a whole new meaning to the “Pink” Submarine in “Operation Petticoat”.
Cool? I suppose so, but the type 45’s always look a bit top heavy to me.
Ship designations actually (used) to mean something. Destroyers were developed in the late nineteenth century when the then new weapon of the torpedo, delivered by small agile torpedo boats, was thought might pose a threat to the big ironclad battleships of the time. To counter the threat, slightly larger gun equipped ships called torpedo-boat destroyers were developed, whose job was to fend off these light attacks. Over time, the designation torpedo-boat destroyer (which is quite cumbersome) was shortened to just "destroyer".
HOWEVER, the function of destroyers also altered. It was soon discovered that torpedo boats, being quite small, were not very seaworthy and did not have the range, so destroyers, as well as suppressing them, also largely supplanted them as the deliverers of torpedo attacks. Then when submarines came of age in WW1, and even more in WW2, destroyers were pressed into service as the primary means of anti-submarine warfare (largely because they were the only fast vessels available in numbers). So the function has altered a lot over the course of their development. Nowadays, multifunctionality is the name of the game, partly because of the technology and partly because of cost, so "destroyer" is now merely an approximation of size in most navies. You build a ship to 3-4000 tons, it gets called "frigate". It gets to about 5-6000 tons and it becomes a "destroyer". At about 8-9000 it becomes a "cruiser". Functionally though, almost all surface combatants are effectively light cruisers. They all have much the same kind of speed and have much the same kind of range, and they are armed with pretty much the same weapons. The larger vessels just have more of them.
Interestingly, the Royal Navy is one of the few that still types ships according to function rather than size. A destroyer, to the RN, now means "anti-aircraft ship". However, the trends in modern naval warfare are challenging this designation. They are still more specialised than "destroyers" in the USN, but they do have a limited antisub and antisurface capability. Its mostly delivered by the gun and the onboard helicopter, but I would think the Aster anti aircraft missile probably has a "reasonable" antiship capability as well.
Thanks for the detailed description. It is pretty consistent with how the USN ranks ships, although I think the tonnages are larger between classes.
The one aspect that I do not see is the function of land support. The destroyers have shallower drafts; hence, they can get closer to shore and provide support for troops on land. The older destroyers had 6-5” guns for that. But today’s ships don’t have the guns to perform that function.
Naval gun support is now largely redundant. The conventional wisdom is that it is far too dangerous to bring ships in that close to a hostile shore, and as you say, most of them dont have the gunfire to make it worthwhile anyway - all the more so because modern land artillery emphasises volume of fire whereas naval artillery stresses accuracy. Naval strategists have now largely delegated land attack to rockets, bombs and precision munitions from aircraft, although the recent development of stand off guided land attack missiles like tomahawk has seen direct naval fire support make a bit of a comeback. Really though, these precision guided land attack missiles are far too valuable to be used on anything other than high priority high-value targets. Direct support of say, an amphibious assault by suppressing beach defences, would almost certainly be done by aircraft.
But that single gun can put out far more rounds than the old six-shooters. Ain’t rapid fire sweet?
And a Corsair shall lead them.....
The UK dropped out midway through preferring to do their own version of a number of the battle management and sensors, which the French and Italians moved on. Basically, the UK uses the Sampson system while the French and Italians use the Thales system.
Originally the UK was going to buil like 24 of these...then 18, then 12, and now they ended up with six.
This type of vessel does fit very well into the US Battle Plan and order of battle. They are basically like our AEGIS destroyers...but have fewer missiles. They have a newer 3-D radar and battle management...and there is a lot of debate on which is "best." I believe AEGIS because of the upgrades and the many, many years of experience we have with it, is probably the best, but the Daribng class Aster missiles, Sampson System, and PAAMS sensors are very, very good.
I just wish they had built at least 12 of them.
By the way, the Italians and French ultimately built two each of their Horizon destroyers which are very similar in looks and capability. Bopth those nations, like the UK are now building their modern frigates which will basically be miniature versions of these vessels and they will build those in much larger numbers because they are cheaper.
You can see each type of the larger destroyers and a full explanation and specification on them at my:
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We have built approaching 65 Burke class destroyers and also have 22 AEGIS class cruisers, a total of 87 vessels.
In the whole world, a total of five other nations have built a total of 19 AEGIS vessels, five different nations have built a total of 23 AEGIS-like vessels. So the US has 87 Aegis vessels, and the whole world has 42 AEIGIS or AEGIS-like vessels. Pretty telling.
One of the big issues with the Daring class, is that due to the mismangagement by their liberal politicians, the class has been luanched and put into service without their onboard ASW weapons (outside of the helo), and without their principle Anti-surface Warfare (ASuW) missiles. Basically they have their helo, their main gun and the anit-air defenses...those last being their principle purpose. But it is still sad that the Royla Navy had to send these vessels to sea wothout their full self-defense and attack capabilities.
They are experiencing similar debacles with their new carriers, the Queen Elizabeth Class
The one area where the Daring would have an advantage of sorts would be in counter sea-skimming antiship missiles. The newer AESA SAMPSON radar and it’s significantly mounted position compared to the heavier SPY-1 series would probably give it a few extra seconds of detection time.
From what I understand, the maximum range a sampson radar could detect a low-flying missile is 20 miles. If the missile is a hypersonic missile of the kind developed by China, India and Russia, is this really enough of a distance to launch an intercepting counter-missile? Even if it did, the ballistics of a missile traveling at that speed would still smash a modern, unarmoured ship up even without an explosive warhead...
[quote]Naval gun support is now largely redundant. The conventional wisdom is that it is far too dangerous to bring ships in that close to a hostile shore, and as you say, most of them dont have the gunfire to make it worthwhile anyway - all the more so because modern land artillery emphasises volume of fire whereas naval artillery stresses accuracy.[/quote]
The RN used naval gunfire to suppress artillery and destroy at least one Libyan convoy. I wouldn’t say it is redundant, especially considering that a ship can carry a hell of a lot of cheap shells and only a limited number of very expensive guided missiles for hitting prolific but dangerous enemy targets...
I chose my words carefully. I didnt say it was redundant. I said it was largely redundant. NGS can and still does go on, its just not as important/significant as in years gone by.
A few extra seconds could make all the difference.
Most antiship missiles use inertial guidance systems, which are cheap, passive but only get the missile into the approximate area of its target. Final home in is done by an internal radar in the last 20-30 seconds of the attack, so its quite possible that a missile with 20nm range against sea skimmers can take out an attacking missile before it is very close or directly aimed. So, my thought is that the chances of incidental ballistic damage from an intercepted hypermissile is pretty remote. What might cause problems is if said missile was taken out by a very small and short range system, CIWS basically, things like Phalanx and Goalkeeper and Meroka. I think hypermissiles might cause them a lot of problems.