Mayo de 2006
Liverpool has been busy hosting the Portsmouth based Type 42 at sea off East Falkland. The ship provided a firepower demonstration with Tornadoes from 1435 flight mounting low level simulated attacks which the General witnessed from the bridge and Operations Room. He later toured the ship and met a selection of the ships company.
On 30 April the destroyer hosted the Rt Hon Adam Ingram MP Minister for the Armed Forces at sea. In an action packed day the Minister witnessed the Tornadoes from 1435 flight mount a flypast and low level simulated attacks and an impressive firepower demonstration involving 20mm, GPMG and Miniguns attacking surface targets. The Minister entered fully into the spirit of the occasion by firing the Minigun personally and sinking the floating target and was universally assessed as very satisfactory - should he wish he has a possible future as a gunner! The Minister met many of the ships company and toured the ship joining the Food Services team in making bread and serving Sunday lunch.
FALKLAND ISLANDS. WE WERE DELIGHTED TO HOST ADAM INGRAM OUR ARMED FORCES MINISTER AND GENERAL SIR MIKE JACKSON AND TO SHOW THEM WHAT CAPABILITIES HMS LIVERPOOL BRINGS TO THIS AREA OF OPERATIONS. I WAS VERY GLAD TO SEE THAT THE MINISTER FELT ABLE TO TAKE PART SO ENTHUSIASTICALLY IN THE EVENTS OF 30 APRIL, HE GAVE MY UPPER DECK GUN CREWS AND CHEFS A REAL HELPING HAND, A TREAT I AM SURE FOR BOTH PARTIES.
The Type 42 is an air defence platform armed with Sea Dart missiles, a 4.5 gun and numerous close-in weapons. She displaces 4,000 tons and has a complement of 280 personnel. Powered by 2 Rolls Royce Olympus and 2 Rolls Royce Tyne gas turbines, she is capable of speeds in excess of 28 knots.
In the war against Iraq in 2003, HMS LIVERPOOL had the prestigious duty of Air Defence Commander to the UK Maritime Battle Group as well as being guardship to the Fleet Flagship, HMS ARK ROYAL. After completing this mission, she went on to the Far East with Naval Task Group 2003. In 2005 she completed a very successful patrol as Atlantic Patrol Task North Unit in the Caribbean where as the Drug Busting Destroyer she interdicted millions of pounds worth of illicit drugs and provided Hurricane relief capability.
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Lieutenant Commander Bruce Finch - Logistics and Public Relations Officer
Lieutenant Conor O'Neill Officer of the Watch 3 and Assistant Public Relations Officer
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