The weapon is semi-automatic and can be operated by a smaller crew than its predecessors. With no personnel in the gunhouse, loading is supported by personnel in the gunbay who load the feed ring and in the deep-magazine to pass ammunition to the gunbay.

The captain of the gun in the control room ensures continued weapon readiness and the gun controller in the operations room aims and fires the weapon.

The gun has a rate of fire of about 25 rounds per minute and a range of 12 nm (22 km; 27.5 km with the newer High Explosive Extended Range round). The first Mk8 entered Royal Navy service in 1973 on the then new destroyer HMS Bristol.

The Photograph shows the Team maneuvering the gun weighing, 23.8 tons, into its final resting position adjacent to Royal Sovereign Avenue. 

Engineering Technician (Weapon Engineering)

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