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By Edward Hampshire, Paul Wright

In the years after global conflict II, new guided missile expertise provided floor ships the opportunity to damage airborne threats from afar, thereby protecting their function in naval battle. This publication examines the know-how and strive against functionality of Britain's guided missile destroyers over part a century.

Uniquely between smooth destroyers, 3 of those sessions were validated in conflict opposed to the airplane and missiles of one other glossy navy--in the Falklands War--and have been additionally deployed throughout the Gulf struggle. Written via a professional on British naval expertise, this booklet investigate the altering know-how of the Royal Navy's destroyers, together with an exam of the Royal Navy's most up-to-date and such a lot able warship, the kind 45.

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Only a month later she would be diverted to join the task force heading to the South Atlantic. 0) 38 ‘Sandy’ Woodward, the Flag Officer of the First Flotilla, was chosen as commander of the task force. He had been leading the Royal Navy’s annual Springtrain exercise in the Mediterranean, which included Antrim, Glamorgan, Coventry and Glasgow as well as three frigates. Sheffield, which had been on a long deployment east of Suez, was also attached to the group, and the vessels headed south to the island of Ascension, another British territory, 3,800 miles to the north of the Falklands.

One missile passed into the sea soon after launch, but the chaff might well have inadvertently diverted one of the Exocets towards Sheffield, although it is just as likely that she was the first ship onto which the missile’s radar guidance locked. By the time Sheffield was fully aware of the real situation, it was only 15 seconds to impact: too late for any countermeasures to be taken. At 2:03pm the missile hit on the starboard side amidships. The warhead of the missile probably never exploded, but the impact and the spread of unspent missile fuel immediately started fires in the centre of the ship.

0) HMS Edinburgh in her final form: the raised bulwarks at her bow were a unique feature of this ship and a legacy of a cancelled attempt to place the Sea Wolf missile system on these ships. 0) The Type 42s were the mainstay of the Royal Navy’s shipborne air defence from the 1980s through to the end of the 2000s. They ensured that as many Sea Dart systems were put to sea as possible, although most of the ships only appeared in service at a time when they would have been vulnerable to Soviet saturation air attacks.

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