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NAVY NEWS, JUNE 2008 21
they dared hope
News went to press, added that Daring was
“something special” – although he does
have a vested interest, because as a senior
rate he worked on the T45 design project
at Abbey Wood.
Capt Baxter, who took over as CO of the
destroyer in January, is another Falklands
veteran, having served as PWO(A) in HMS
Alacrity.
“The Falklands was an air defence war,
but the Type 42s were configured to fight
in open ocean – this is the first such ship
which is capable of fighting in inshore
waters,” said Capt Baxter.
“She is an amazing platform. She
handles better than a Type 42, turns better
than a Type 23, and when fully operational
will be no comparison to anything we have
had before – and all in a platform of over
7,000 tons.
“The trials have gone very well indeed
– exceptionally.
“I am very impressed by her – and
envious of the first captain who gets the job
when she is handed over to the Navy.”
Capt Baxter drove HMS Glasgow and
was commander of HMS Invincible during
his 39 years in the Navy – but he still has
ambitions.
“Doing this job on one of the new
carriers would be nice…” he said.
Another ex-RN officer on board is
Jennifer Osbaldestin, BAE’s Sea Trials
Manager, who left the Navy in 2002 after
an enjoyable eight-year stint as a mine
warfare specialist.
“Daring is one in a million – I think she
is amazing,” said Jennifer.
“From the capability side, she is still
developing, but even from initial glimpses
you can see she is a capable ship.
“Inside she has the right balance of
trying to make life comfortable on board
for the modern sailor, but we are also
maintaining a sense that she has got to
cope with being in a battle.
“The balance of living space we are
affording is much more 21st Century
– we cannot expect everyone to live in
hammocks.”
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