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HMS Manchester

The Type 42 Destroyers form the backbone of the Royal Navy's anti-air capability. They are equipped with the Sea Dart medium range air defence missile system, which in its primary role is designed to provide area air defence to a group of ships, although it is also effective against surface targets at sea. In addition to their role as an air defence platform the Type 42 Destroyers operate independently carrying out patrol and boarding operations, recently enforcing UN embargoes in the Gulf and the Adriatic as well as providing humanitarian assistance in Monserrat and East Timor

Type 42 Destroyers
Ship Name Pennant No. Ship Name Pennant No.
Batch 2      
Exeter D89 Nottingham D91
Liverpool D92    
Batch 3      
Manchester D95 Edinburgh D97
Gloucester D96 York D98

Type 42 Statistics
  Batch 2 Batch 3
Displacement: 4,820 tonnes 5,200 tonnes
Length: 125m / 410ft 141m / 462.5ft
Beam: 14.3m / 47ft 15.2m / 50ft
Speed: 30 kts 30 kts
Complement: 287 (Max.312) 287 (Max.312)
Armament: Twin Sea Dart Missile launcher 114mm (4.5 inch) Mk 8 gun 2 x 20mm Close range guns 2 x Vulcan Phalanx close in weapons system (CIWS) NATO Seagnat and DLF3 Decoy Launchers  
Sensors: Type 1007 & 1008 Navigational Radar Type 996 surveillance and target indication radar 2 x Type 909 Sea Dart tracking radars UAT Electronic Surveillance System Type 2050 active sonar  
Aircraft: Lynx MK 8 helicopters:


Sea Skua anti-ship missiles

Stingray anti-submarine torpedoes

Mk 11 depth charges

Machine guns

COGOG (Combined Gas or Gas) turbines, 2 shafts

2 turbines producing 36MW
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