Monday, 21 April 2008

Joint Warrior 081 - UK and US Ships

Making a return this morning, the British assault ship BULWARK (L15) passed McInroy's Point inward bound for the Tail o' the Bank, where she spent the day working with her landing craft.

Late this afternoon, BULWARK completed her operations and proceeded out to sea to work with the other units in JW081. She is seen here with Kilcreggan in the background.

One of the American destroyers taking part in the exercise is the 'Arleigh Burke' (Flight 1) class ship DONALD COOK (DDG75). Her full load displacement is 8,900 tons, and this 505 ft long ship was commissioned in 1998. Gas turbines give her a speed in excess of 30 knots. She carries a 127mm gun mounted forward, a variety of missile systems including Tomahawk cruise missiles and Harpoon, and is also fitted with 2 Phalanx anti-missile systems. She also has 2 triple torpedo tubes, and can embark a helicopter.

One of the British submarines taking part is HMS SUPERB, one of the two remaining members of the 'S' class boats still in commission. They can readily be identified from the similar 'T' class vessels by their shorter rudder.

Another American surface ship taking part is the guided missile cruiser ANZIO (CG68). Built by Ingalls Shipbuilding, ANZIO joined the US Navy in 1992, and is 567 feet in length. Her displacement is 9,600 tons, and her gas turbine machinery will give her a speed of more than 30 knots. Like DONALD COOK (above), she carries Tomahawk and Harpoon missile systems, and she is also fitted with two 5 inch guns forward. Two triple torpedo tubes are fitted, as are 2 Phalanx CIWS. She can carry 2 Sikorsky Seahawk helicopters.