The County class was a class of guided missile destroyers, the first such vessels built by the Royal Navy. Sep 11, 2019 - Explore Anders Pang's board "Frigate" on Pinterest. … Seaslug was a first-generation surface-to-air missile intended to hit high-flying nuclear-armed bombers and shadowing surveillance aircraft like the Tupolev Tu-16 "Badger" and Tupolev Tu-95 "Bear", which could direct strikes against the British fleet from missile destroyers and cruise missile-armed submarines. The electronics required for the Seaslug were the large Type 901 fire-control radar and the Type 965 air-search radar. Advocacy for the guided missiles fit[15] was led by Mountbatten[16] and the Cabinet agreed with using the system, despite staff reports over missile unreliability and inaccuracy,[15] confirmed by the dismal performance in the following 1959 Seaslug target launches at Woomera in South Australia. [14], While the missile worked against Second World War-era level flying targets, the beam guidance system was dubious at range and in rough water which meant eight fixed stabilisers were added to the design of the County-class. A starboard This was important as the Type 984 3D processing system on the carriers Victorious, Hermes and Eagle were removed from 1967 to 1972, affecting the first four County class ships which dependended on datalinks to the carrier systems for primary radar and targeting processing of Seaslug. Don Bergquist is on Facebook. [38] The compromises required by the heavy and dated Seaslug system detracted from the success and popularity of an otherwise advanced ship design. Eight vessels were built in two batches between 1959 and 1970, the later four vessels carrying the improved Seaslug GWS2 and updated electronics requiring rearranged mastheads. In 1961 the United States commissioned USS Long Beach, the first vessel designed from the keel up as a guided-missile cruiser and the first surface warship to steam under atomic energy. HMSO. Purvis,M.K., 'Post War RN Frigate and Guided Missile Destroyer Design 1944–1969', Transactions, Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), 1974, G. Moore. And then there was one. The operations room, sited the main radar, sonar, electronic warfare screens and communication data and computer links. Laid up 1979, Disposed 1981, Royal Thomas photo. Royal Navy 1930-2000. The Had the missile hit a few inches higher, the above waterline magazine would have blown in an explosive fireball and many more of the crew[49] might have been lost. The United States Congress authorized the original six frigates of the United States Navy with the Naval Act of 1794 on March 27, 1794, at a total cost of $688,888.82. [16][page needed] Certainly, these arrangements as originally installed to operate a single Westland Wessex anti-submarine helicopter were problematic, with a hangar so cramped it took an hour to get the aircraft either in or out again, during which the port Seacat launcher was unusable. Daring to Devonshire in Warship 2006. The Type 23 would be replacing the Leander-class frigates (which had entered service in the 1960s) and the Type 21 frigate (a general purpose design that had recently entered service) as "the backbone of the Royal Navy's surface ship anti-submarine force". Norfolk is the county of Nelson's birth, and the important 19th-century ports of Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn. All the ships of the class were originally fitted with the twin 4.5" Mk6 gun turret in front of the forward superstructure and decals are included in the kit so that all the ships of the class can be modelled in their original fit. Laid up 1979, Recommissioned 1982, M.D. is visible just forward of the break down to the quarterdeck, and the ship's 1/96th Type 22 Batch 3 Frigate starter kit. Glamorgan and Antrim are the counties in Wales and Northern Ireland which contain the port cities and regional capitals of Cardiff and Belfast (by analogy to London, England). 1824), 1 918 USS Wabash III (AOG 4), 1943 USS Wabash IV (AOR 5), 1971 USS Walter X. (London) p124, 130, E. Grove. HMS Kent (D12) was a County-class guided missile destroyer launched in 1961 and sold in 1997 for breaking up. aircraft, first outfit). 1/72nd C Class / HMS Cavalier Semi kit. The final four County-class ships, with hull numbers 07 to 10, were delayed in 1960 while an anti-submarine escort carrier was considered. A Wasp helicopter on the landing The Chilean navy, however, did convert two of the four ships they purchased along these lines. 1/96th Type 23 frigate starter kit. 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