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Posted on Friday 14th February

Royal Navy sailors on board HMS Daring have sent a Valentines Day message home to their loved ones ahead of their homecoming at the end of February, spelling out 'I Love U' on deck.

The Type 45 destroyer is heading back from the Suez Canal after 9 months away - one of the longest deployments for a surface fleet - working with navies across the world, including visiting the Far East and rapidly mobilising to provide disaster relief to the typhoon-stricken Philippines.

HMS Daring left her home port of Portsmouth in May 2013 and has called at 21 different ports and sailed more than 38,000 miles since then. She has crossed the Atlantic Ocean, supported anti-piracy operations in the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Aden, tracked ballistic targets in the Pacific Ocean and provided immediate humanitarian support to the Philippines.

She also exercised with 15 Navies along the way as well as in the Tasman Sea, South China Sea, East China Sea, Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, Red Sea and will shortly continue operations in the Mediterranean Sea.

Daring has now finished her transit of the Suez Canal after escorting the French Navy ship Meuse through the Bab El Mandeb strait – Arabic for ‘Gate of Tears’.

For more information about HMS Daring, her crew and her deployment, visit www.royalnavy.mod.uk.

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