31 Jan '14, 12pm

Torpedo away as #HMSWestminster tests her defences

Torpedo away as #HMSWestminster tests her defences

High-pressure air thrusts a Sting Ray torpedo out of its launcher aboard HMS Westminster – as Britain’s senior submarine hunter tests one of its last lines of defence against an underwater foe. Ideally the Portsmouth-based warship’s sonar arrays should have picked up a submarine long before it gets within range to pop off a torpedo of its own – and a Sting Ray launched by the frigate’s Lynx helicopter dealt with the menace. But should a boat slip through that invisible net, the Magazine-Launched Torpedo System is one counter-measure to keep Westminster and her 200 sailors and marines safe. It’s got to be tested on a regular basis because anything can happen in the next half hour (sorry). So a red-tipped dummy torpedo was prepared by Westminster’s weapons engineers and fired at a simulated submarine contact after the sonar operators in the operations room had located their ...

Full article: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/News-and-Events/Latest-News/2...

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