HMS Dauntless recently participated in multi-national exercise UNITAS (LIXV) and celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of the Colombian Navy.
This was the second time Dauntless has taken part in the long-running UNITAS exercise series, having attended in 2012. Colombia is the only Latin American country to be a NATO partner nation and UNITAS is designed to demonstrate stability and prosperity in the region, also being regarded by the United States Southern Command as its most important exercise.
The task group sailed from Cartagena on the 16th and was involved in a variety of warfare operations, including weapon firings and amphibious landings, while Dauntless operated mainly in her primary role – providing air defence.
The Wildcat and carrying Sting Ray light torpedoes provide the Type 45 with limited anti-submarine capability. The rather basic MFS-7000 bow-mounted sonar is the only ASW sensor and the Wildcat carries no dipping sonar or sonobuoys for contact localisation. The Wildcat would effectively be reliant on other parties for targeting data such as the USN Poseidon MPA that participated in this exercise.
Dauntless has now resumed her Atlantic Patrol (North) (APT(N)) tasking and is in the Caribbean Sea working with an embarked US Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) and a Royal Marines sniper team on counter-narcotics operations. She is also ready to support British Overseas Territories if needed during the hurricane season the extends roughly from June to November each year.