Royal Navy Shows Off Its Firepower

first_img View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: Cape Wrath Authorities Royal Navy Shows Off Its Firepower September 25, 2015 View post tag: HMS Somerset View post tag: HMS Iron Dukecenter_img Two Royal Navy frigates have demonstrated their spectrum of firepower capability with firings at separate ends of the country.Portsmouth-based HMS Iron Duke blasted through five different weapon systems – her General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), the Minigun, 30mm Cannon, 4.5” Medium Range Gun and the Seawolf missile system – in the English Channel.Up in Cape Wrath, Scotland, Devonport-based HMS Somerset became the first ship to fire new infra-red illumination rounds which are designed to light up the battlefield for friendly forces wearing appropriate eyewear.HMS Somerset worked with spotters from 148 (Meiktila) Battery Royal Artillery whose job was to direct the ship’s fire accurately and safely on to a target at distances over 21 kilometres.148 Battery is part of the Royal Marines’ 3 Commando Brigade, drawing personnel from the RN, RM and Army.Over two days and nights the ship fired in excess of 100 rounds of 4.5in ammunition – with each shell weighing over 40kg.Starting with target tracking runs on the Seawolf missile system, HMS Iron Duke then moved into a gunnery shoot against an inflatable target, finishing with firing a Seawolf missile.[mappress mapid=”17006″]Image: Royal Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy Shows Off Its Firepower View post tag: English Channel View post tag: Seawolf Share this articlelast_img read more