Last of the Type 42s pays off

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  1. Goatman

    Goatman LE Book Reviewer

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/last-type-42-destroyer-returns-from-final-deployment

     
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  2. So that leaves 3 Type 45s in service... with another still in sea trials. Can sleep safe at night then...
     
  3. What an amazing career....she saved 9 pakistani fishermen and stopped a yacht with some class A on board.

    Oh, that was your point!
     
  4. Honking ships but absolutely fantastic ships companies and cracking deployments (south Americas, Caribbean, North America, West And South Africa). Shame to see them go but they've had a good running.


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  5. Merc taxis rack up more miles.
     
  6. Found a couple of examples (which don't fully support your position) on google:

    1. The German-designed Amphicar was a product of the Sixties. A Triumph Herald engine gave 65mph on land and 5.2 knots (6mph) on water. Rust was a problem, apparently. Hmm - similar Qual Control to the Skanky, Pompey rustbuckets then.
    2. The Herzog Conte of 1979, an ugly duckling of a car/boat if ever there was one. Looks can be deceptive, however, as it was capable of almost 100mph on tarmac and highly manoeuvrable in water thanks to twin propellors. Twin props.

    3. The VW Beetle-based Schwimmwagen was a four-wheel drive, go-anywhere vehicle for the German army whose development was overseen by Ferdinand Porsche. Closest match, with military links - but no missiles/guns.

    ...but can't find any entries for Mercs. Perhaps Stuttgart is just too far from the 'oggin!
     
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  7. Messdecks were more crowded than a migrant house in Hounslow. IIRC HMS Sheffield cost 23million to build and that was more than double the estimate.

    Lots packed into a hull the size of a US Knox class frigate. We got our monies worth out of every hull.
     
  8. She hasn't paid off quite yet.

    If only three are in service then how come four have gone on deployments?
     
  9. That's cause they had the kit of a type 82 but half the hull size to fit it in after we lost cvf and got through deck cruisers as we couldn't afford carriers, or AWW cruisers.


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  10. Bouillabaisse

    Bouillabaisse LE Book Reviewer

    Don't argue with Kromeriz about the navy. He knows everything.
     
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  11. How true. How are we supposed to keep track of the Bismarck, Graf Spee, Tirpitz, Gneisenau, Scharnhorst, Lutzow and Scheer with only four destroyers?
     
  12. They smell of poo.
     
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  13. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    surely its not the last until the last overseas one sinks?
     
  14. There's London Taxis with more than that on the clock.
     
  15. Without sounding too geeky, having spent 3 days on old HMS Active years and years ago and i thought that was cramped whats the Type 42's like to live on?