Skip to comments.Royal Navy sends its mightiest ship to take on the Iranian show of force in the Gulf
Posted on 01/06/2012 4:08:44 PM PST by yank in the UK
The Royal Navy's most formidable warship is being sent to the Gulf for its first mission as tensions rise in the strategically vital region, it can be disclosed. Naval commanders believe the deployment of HMS Daring, a Type 45 destroyer, will send a significant message to the Iranians because of the firepower and world-beating technology carried by the warship.Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, has publicly warned Iran that any blockade of the Strait of Hormuz would be "illegal and unsuccessful".
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Not quite the HMS Vanguard but still nice to see on watch.
When you’re spending your wad of cash on social programs, it doesn’t leave a whole lot left for the other things, like military.
Alas the once great British Royal Navy....
If someone had told me 50 years ago that in the future, the Royal Navy’s mightiest ship would be a destroyer, I would have assumed the country had collapsed.
Now that I think about it, that is not too far off.
And O-Bozo is about to make the U.S. Navy the same.
The one thing I’ve never understood about Western use of naval power.
We don’t use it.
Why weren’t the Western navies out for blood off Somalia shutting down these joke pirates? We have these highly advanced warships and let goons in speed boats hold world shipping hostage.
Like they’d show any more backbone against Iran.
Stick a fork in the RN, it;s done.
So where are are ships?
So where are are ships?
“So where are are ships?”
Mothballed, scrapped, or sold off to pay for the utopian welfare state giving everything to the muzzies.
We’ll be lucky to have a destroyer. 0’s navy would be a frigate powered by sail and rowing crews when there is no wind.
Doesn't the RN have any aircraft carriers or submarines on active service?
Our military is only for nation building, not for defending our borders or direct maritime interests.
Is Davy Jones in the Koran?
Not-so-Great Britain......RIP Britannia.
I am beginning to feel like a repeat in history might happen.
Like the HOOD. One shot.
The Iranians may have something as extreme as a nuclear mine already awaiting.
Is that a JAS-39 Gripen off the stern?
Did they buy missiles and ammo for it?
Hope this encounter goes better than the last time.
It is primarily an anti-air platform built to augment US carrier groups. Tests show there’s not much it can’t see and kill in the air within 120 km. It can also be outfitted to do a decent anti-ship job against small (4-8 ship) formations.
Not anything like what the UK should be able to field, but not a joke either.
It’s business time.
Anytime the Brits present their manhood, I’m in favor and cheering.
Target Malmo next. When you Brits are done with that, attack the muslim parts of Paris. Sarkozy will have a fit, but so what. Merkel won’t mind.
It can do the work that 4-5 of the previous model can do. It’s one helluva anti-air platform.
Sure hope the EW module is worthy.....20 sec response time on
missiles from Iranian coast. Good hunting, mates.
“Target Malmo next”.
Don’t forget Bradford.
Bad news when your magazines are hit.
What were there, 2 or 3 survivors?
No, it’s a Eurofighter Typhoon. I’m surprised how smokey the engine exhaust is....What did they have to resort to russian engines ? You could see that trail from dozens of miles out !
The British Navy got so incredibly lucky in one lucky hit that jammed the Bismark’s rudder. I sometimes wonder if it was divine intervention. Another couple of hours and it would have been under German Air umbrella.
Then again Hood was equally unlucky tho from what I have read, the Bismark would have sunk it anyway.
I hope it will never be renamed the HMS Jihadi.
>Why werent the Western navies out for blood off Somalia shutting down these joke pirates?<
Why bother using the USN?
Zap the basterds with a Hellfire using a common drone.
I think that's heat distortion rather than smoke.
In total there are 79 commissioned ships in the navy. 19 of the commissioned vessels are major surface combatants (6 guided missile destroyers and 13 frigates) and 11 are nuclear powered submarines (4 ballistic missile submarines and 7 fleet submarines). In addition the Navy possesses an aircraft carrier, a helicopter carrier and 2 landing platform docks.
so, its the latest greatest ship but not the only one. sounds like a formidible piece of kit..besides the greatest ship in any navy is the SSBN hands down.
That's not the HMS Hood above.
That's HMS Barham , a Queen Elisabeth Class Battleship, sinking on 25th November 1941. She was the only British battleship sunk by a U-Boat. The film of the Barham capsizing and blowing up is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HSY94QVIss
I am pretty sure a U-Boat sank a British battleship in Scapa Flow.
The Royal Oak, by U-47, on 14 Octobere, 1939.
Will this be us in ten years?
Yes, that has to have been one of the greatest military exploits of all time even if he was a German. To top it all off, he escaped afterwards.
I saw your tagline: “Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.”
Your part about minerats and bayonets leads me to this short story:
I picked up a great knife from Pakistan a few weeks ago, and I was surprised by the workmanship. The edge was honed well, the steel was annealed properly and the weight was great. I consider it close in workmanship and quality to the Texas Bowie knife.
There’s a few pits in the steel toward the hilt, but I figure the blacksmith was in a hurry to avoid detection.(He’s probably firing gun barrels, too.) Nonetheless, I’m noticing some great quality knives coming out of Pakistan. These boys know what they’re doing.
A modern Destroyer is hardly the same as a “tin can” from WW2. They are bigger than ships previously classified as cruisers and have extensive capabilities. Still, to be impressive show of force, you need more than just one. A battle group that can defend itself against anything the Iranians can throw at it and then rain destruction on them at will would be better.
Doesn't the Royal Navy have SSBNs? With Trident missiles?
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