Thursday, July 19, 2007

Her Majesty's new warship

From The Scotsman:

THE first of the Royal Navy's new Type 45 destroyers, HMS Daring, made its maiden voyage yesterday to begin sea trials.

HMS Daring, billed as the world's most advanced warship, slipped its moorings on the Clyde to begin tests off the west coast of Scotland.

The £1 billion destroyer features the latest propulsion, anti-aircraft weapon and stealth technology - and is the first warship to have a designated gym. Its radar equipment can track a cricket ball moving at up to three times the speed of sound, and it has a range of hundreds of miles. [that would be the radar with a range of hundreds of miles, not the ship - LC]

The 500ft vessel can also make itself appear as small as a fishing boat to enemy radar, and is armed with missiles 20 times more manoeuvrable than a Formula One car.

The ship was cheered by hundreds of spectators and staff from BAE Systems at Scotstoun on the Clyde.

HMS Daring is one of six Type 45s being built for the navy, at a total cost of £6 billion and will enter full service in 2009.
It looks like a damned impressive ship, but if the crew performs like those Royal Navy sailors recently captured by the Iranians it won't do them much good. Any weapons system is only as good as the people manning it.