21st Century Warship

About the Show

At £1 billion HMS Daring is the Royal Navy's most costly and complex warship to date. Daring's stealth shape is dominated by its high-tech radar mounted 36 metres above the sea. The radar is the eyes and ears of a guided missile system that represents a quantum leap forward in naval technology. This film follows HMS Daring from its construction in 2004 through to the testing of its new weapons systems. The programme reveals how shipbuilders construct a modern warship, employing new skills alongside traditional jobs, and also witnesses Daring's launch by the Countess of Wessex, a Royal occasion for the people of the Clyde to match the historic launch days of old. The operation of the revolutionary British-built radar is displayed and the cameras follow Daring's crew as they test their new ship to the limit in a war game that is the closest thing to real battle.