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.
Type 42 Destroyers
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HMS Edinburgh – known as the ‘Fortress of the Sea’ – was the nation’s last serving Type 42 destroyer, a veteran of the destroyer fleet known as the workhorses of the Royal Navy. The ship has now decommissioned, bringing to an end the era of the Type 42s.
In a ceremony charged with emotion, the Royal Navy’s last...
The last of the Royal Navy’s fleet of Type 42...
A Type 42 destroyer sailed into harbour for the last...
HMS Edinburgh – the Royal Navy’s last remaining Type 42...
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