HMS Edinburgh Finishes With A Bang
15 Apr 2011
More than 4 months of sea training have culminated with HMS Edinburgh conducting a high-seas firing of its principle armament, the Sea Dart medium-range surface to air missile.
The successful firing took place off the coast of the Outer Hebrides on Thursday, in almost 3,750 sq nautical miles of ocean cleared for the occasion.
HMS Edinburgh fired 3 missiles and proved that she is fully capable of engaging fast moving air targets at range.
The Command Officer, Cdr Paul Russell RN said:
“The shooting down of live targets is the pinnacle of HMS Edinburgh ’s regeneration. We now stand ready to deploy as a fully operational warship.”
It has been a busy 2011 so far for HMS Edinburgh. The start of the year saw “The Fortress of the Sea” heading to Plymouth from her base-port of Portsmouth for 8 weeks of Basic Operational Sea Training (BOST).
The extensive training package delivered by the staff of Flag Officer Sea Training tested Edinburgh and her Ship’s Company in every environment and across the spectrum from minor fires and floods to high-intensity modern warfare overlaid with extensive battle damage.
After completion of BOST, HMS Edinburgh sailed for a home-town visit to Edinburgh. “Scotland’s Capital Ship” last visited her affiliated city in 2008 and the opportunity was taken to re-new ties with the wider Edinburgh family and represent the Royal Navy to the general public.
The visit was a great success and Ship and city alike benefited from the 4 days alongside.
Immediately prior to the high-seas firing HMS Edinburgh took part in Joint Warrior 111, a twice-yearly, joint multi-national exercise held off the north and west coasts of Scotland.
Air, sea, sub-surface and land forces from NATO and allied nations work together in task-groups, learning the co-operability and interaction essential in joint operations around the world.
Here the skills learnt at BOST were put to the test in a high-intensity air-defence environment and HMS Edinburgh proved herself ready, willing and able to defend a task force against concerted air-attack, raining fire upon The Queen’s enemies.
As a Type 42 destroyer, HMS Edinburgh provides the backbone of the Royal Navy's anti-air capability.
Equipped with the Sea Dart medium range air defence missile system, providing area air defence to a group of ships, it is also effective against surface targets at sea.
In addition to their air defence role, the Type 42 destroyers operate independently carrying out patrol and boarding operations, recently carrying out anti-narcotics and anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf, Caribbean, and the South Atlantic as well as providing humanitarian assistance when required.
“The Fortress of the Sea” was the penultimate and largest of the Type 42 destroyers built for the Royal Navy at Cammell Laird shipyard in Liverpool. She is the sixth Royal Navy ship to bear the name and was launched by Lady Heseltine in 1983.