Thursday, 2 October 2008

HMS MANCHESTER - D95

One of two Type 42 destroyers taking part in Joint Warrior 082 - the other being GLOUCESTER - MANCHESTER arrived this afternoon on the Clyde and made her way into the Gareloch. She was built by Vickers at Barrow, being commissioned into naval service in 1982. At 141 metres long, she is one of the third batch of the class, lengthened considerably and given an increased beam to improve seakeeping. MANCHESTER's main armament is the powerful Sea Dart system, while she is also fitted with one 4.5 inch gun forward, two 20mm guns and two 20mm Phalanx CIWS systems. It is these ships that the new Type 45 class will eventually replace, with MANCHESTER currently scheduled for withdrawal in 2011.

3 comments:

Robert said...

Superb capture, well done John

Anonymous said...

typo John surely type 42!!!!!!

The ClydeSighter . . . said...

Oops! Of course it's a Type 42! Post amended.