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Type 42 Destroyers

For nearly four decades the Type 42 Destroyer had been the mainstay of the Navy’s defence against air attack. Their Sea Dart missiles could down enemy aircraft and missiles – and did so in the Falklands and Gulf Wars. Now their era in the Royal Navy has finished and the Type 42s have handed over the baton to their successors, the Type 45 destroyers. The Type 42s were known as the workhorses of the Fleet since the early 1970s, since when they have been involved in global operations, carrying out patrol and boarding operations, enforcing United Nations embargoes and providing humanitarian aid. The last Type 42 destroyer was HMS Edinburgh which has now decommissioned.

HMS Edinburgh Leaving Portsmouth
HMS Edinburgh
HMS Edinburgh
Complement

287Personnel

Beam

15.2metres

Displacement

5,200Tonnes

Draught

5.8metres

Length

141metres

Range (Nautical)

4,000miles

Top Speed

30knots

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