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The Royal Navy blows up a warship as it launches new missiles for the first time in a huge joint exercise with the United States

The Royal Navy blows up a warship as it launches new missiles for the first time in a huge joint exercise with the United States

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British Royal Navy helicopters have fired new missiles for the first time as British and US forces target a warship in the largest such exercise in two decades.

HMS WestminsterA Wildcat helicopter and three RAF Typhoon aircraft Putting together a massive display of firepower alongside US allies, they blew up a specially prepared ex-US Navy warship in the North Atlantic.


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The decommissioned frigate, the USS Boone, was hit by an array of high-powered weapons, including the Royal Navy’s new laser-guided Martlet missile.

The exercise, named Atlantic Thunder, was the first of its kind for the Royal Navy in 18 years and was conducted alongside their US Navy and US Air Force counterparts.

Commander Ed Moss Ward, commanding officer of HMS Westminster, said the exercise showed that British and US navies and air forces could work together to deliver a “total killing chain” against a long-range ship.

“The integration of advanced weapons, sensors and communications with our NATO allies is key to the coalition’s collective combat capability demonstrated by the sinking exercise.

“The firings have supported the development of the Royal Navy’s targeting and weapon capabilities, and have provided the opportunity to conduct realistic training to verify tactics and operating procedures.”

British frigate HMS Westminster 23 fired two Harpoon anti-ship missiles at the USS Boone at the same time as a US P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft fired one.

Combined, 660 kg of high-explosive explosives simultaneously hit the ship.