Half of the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Type 45 air-defence destroyer force was confined to port for most of 2017, according to data released under the country’s Freedom of Information (FOI) Act on 12 June.
The BAE Systems designed-and-built Daring-class destroyers have been plagued with availability problems linked to the warship’s electric drive system, and one of the vessels had to return home from a deployment to the Middle East in 2017 after a technical problem with a propeller shaft.
According to the FOI data for the number of days spent in their home port at Portsmouth, the six Type 45s have progressively spent less time at sea since 2016.
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