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 Duke 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 article
Johnny Levins is aiming to have Your Pal Tal at his peak for the Bold Lad Sprint at the Curragh during Irish Champions weekend next month. If all goes to plan, the Dark Angel gelding could turn out quickly at Ayr the following Saturday. “We are trying to get him ready for Irish Champions weekend and needed to get him out as he’s been very fresh at home,” said Levins. “He ran that way. He dropped the bit, ran very fresh and that should have blown the cobwebs away. “He’s got one more target in two weeks’ time dropping back to six furlongs at the Curragh again and then that should leave him peaking and spot on for the big handicap sprint on Champions weekend. “It was over seven furlongs on Sunday but it was a journey close to home. It was almost like a bit of work for him. He was back in his box an hour after the race. “We were very happy with him, so hopefully he’ll acquit himself quite well in a couple of weeks time. That should leave him right for the Bold Lad Sprint. “We’ll have a go at that and then he’ll go for the Ayr Gold Cup.” Press Association The Curragh handler was delighted with the five-year-old’s run at his local track on Sunday when he was fifth to Captain Cullen over a trip further than ideal. Levins now intends dropping Your Pal Tal back to his optimum distance of six furlongs at the same course later this month as part of his preparation for his big date on September 13.