Skip to content
Recruiting now.Explore navy careers

Captain carried off on camelback to mark final departure from HMS Daring

16 January 2017
Almost three years in charge of HMS Daring have come to end for Commander Philip Dennis – who marked his departure by riding off along a Bahrain beach on the back of a camel.

The ship’s company of the Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer decided a send-off with a desert theme would be just the ticket for Cdr Dennis as they reached the halfway point of their nine-month deployment to the Middle East.

So after addressing the 250 men and women under his wing for the final time, Cdr Dennis departed the ship in Bahrain and found the camel waiting for him.

“It has been my privilege to have been the captain of HMS Daring for well over two and a half years,” said Cdr Dennis during his address to the ship.

“I hope that you are as proud of your efforts as I am of you.”

It has been my privilege to have been the captain of HMS Daring for well over two and a half years. I hope that you are as proud of your efforts as I am of you.

Commander Dennis

The ship’s company formed a ‘gauntlet of honour’ on the beach just outside the Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard (ASRY), applauding Cdr Dennis as his camel was guided along the sand by an experienced local handler.

HMS Daring is deployed on maritime security duties in some of the world’s most important shipping lanes and has just completed a mid-deployment break in Bahrain, where essential maintenance is carried out to ensure the ship can continue its vital air defence operations.

Cdr Marcus Hember, who has previously been in charge of Daring’s younger sister ship HMS Diamond, is now in charge of Daring.

HMS Daring is one of the Royal Navy’s six advanced air destroyers, and plays an important role during her nine-month deployment protecting allied warships and international merchant shipping through the Gulf of Aden and surrounding seas. She continues the role her sister ship HMS Defender carried out earlier this year.

The Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer is working as part of the Combined Maritime Forces – a collective of 31 nations formed to promote security and stability in some of the world’s most vital shipping lanes.

Its main effort is to disrupt terrorist organisations and their unlawful activities at sea in an area spanning from the Suez Canal, through the Red Sea, Indian Ocean and into the Gulf of Oman.

Related articles

Navy News Magazine

We bring you the latest news, features and award-winning photographs from the front-line. Navy News has been reporting on all that happens in the Royal Navy and its wider community since 1954.