P745 RN Type 42 Batch 1/2 Destroyer

HMS Birmingham D86, HMS Glasgow D88,
HMS Exeter D89, HMS Nottingham D91



HMS Birmingham

HMS Glasgow

HMS Exeter

HMS Nottingham
Length Height Weight Packaging
4.05 in (10.3 cm) 0.9 in(2.3 cm) 25 gm (0.85 oz) Blister Card

These are the Tri-ang Minic Ships models of the Type 42 Batch 1/2 Destroyers commissioned by the Royal Navy in the late 1970's and early 1980's.

Tri-ang Minic Ships currently produces individual models of two Type 42 Batch 1 Destroyers HMS Birmingham D86 and HMS Glasgow D88 and two Type 42 Batch 2 Destroyers HMS Exeter D89 and HMS Nottingham D91 complete with appropriate Pennant Numbers, Flight Deck markings and Deck Codes.

The Type 42 destroyers were designed principally to provide air defence for a task force, replacing the County Class destroyers which were becoming increasingly expensive to operate, but they were also utilised to engage surface and anti-submarine targets. All the ships were named after large British cities, commemorating many of the Town Class cruisers that fought with distinction in the Second World War.

The ships were armed with the British Aerospace Sea Dart surface-to-air missile system, for defence against both aircraft and missiles, as well as being equipped with a Vickers 4.5 inch gun and anti-submarine torpedo tubes. In addition, as a result of experience in the Falklands War, the ships were also fitted with 20 mm Phalanx CIWS and chaff decoys for close range defence.

Each ship carried a Lynx helicopter which extended the range of the ship's radar systems and, armed with the Sea Skua missile, was also the ship's principle anti-submarine weapon.

The Type 42 destroyers were fitted with controllable pitch propellers and powered by two Rolls-Royce Tyne Engines which provided a cruising speed of 18 knots. In addition they were equipped with two Rolls-Royce Olympus engines which allowed the ship to "sprint" at up to 29 knots for short periods.

HMS Sheffield, HMS Glasgow, HMS Exeter, HMS Cardiff and HMS Coventry were part of of the Royal Navy's Task Force 317 during the Falklands War. Two of the Type 42 ships were lost during the conflict HMS Sheffield after being hit by an Argentine Exocet missile on 4 May 1982 and HMS Coventry after being hit by two 1,000 lb bombs on 25 May 1982.

The models are marked on the underside with the Tri-ang Minic logo, the model number P 745, "Royal Navy Modern Edition", and the description "Type 42 Batch 2 Destroyer".


Specifications

Batch 1 Ships: D 80 HMS Sheffield*
D 86 HMS Birmingham
D 87 HMS Newcastle
D 88 HMS Glasgow
D 108 HMS Cardiff
D 118 HMS Coventry*
Batch 2 Ships: D 89 HMS Exeter
D 90 HMS Southampton
D 91 HMS Nottingham
D 92 HMS Liverpool
Builders: Vosper Thornycroft, Woolston
Cammell Laird, Birkenhead
Swan Hunter Shipbuilders, Wallsend-on-Tyne
Laid Down: Between 1976 and 1978
Launched: Between 1978 and 1980
Commissioned: D 80 HMS Sheffield*
D 86 HMS Birmingham
D 87 HMS Newcastle
D 88 HMS Glasgow
D 108 HMS Cardiff
D 118 HMS Coventry*

D 89 HMS Exeter
D 90 HMS Southampton
D 91 HMS Nottingham
D 92 HMS Liverpool
16th February 1975
3rd September 1976
23rd March 1978
25th May 1977
24th September 1979
20th October 1978

19th September 1980
31st October 1981
8th April 1983
9th July 1982
Displacement: 4,100 tons Full Load
Length (OA): 412 ft ( 125.0 m )
Beam: 47 ft ( 14.3 m )
Draft: 19 ft (5.8 m )
Armament: 1 x Vickers 4.5" Mk 8 main gun forward
4 x 20 mm Oerlikon / BMARC anti-aircraft guns
2 x 20 mm 6 barrel GE Vulcan Phalanx CIWS
1 x twin Sea Dart SAM launcher forward
2 x twin Stingray torpedo launchers port / starboard
Countermeasures: 4 x Sea Gnat 6 barrelled launchers
1 x Barricade IR decoy launcher
2 x DLF offboard decoys
1 x Towed torpedo decoy
Propulsion: 2 Rolls Royce Olympus TM3B gas turbines 50000 hp,
2 Rolls Royce Tyne gas turbines 9900 hp,
Maximum Speed: 29 knots
Complement: 253
Disposal: D 80 HMS Sheffield*
D 86 HMS Birmingham
D 87 HMS Newcastle
D 88 HMS Glasgow
D 108 HMS Cardiff
D 118 HMS Coventry*

D 89 HMS Exeter
D 90 HMS Southampton
D 91 HMS Nottingham
D 92 HMS Liverpool
Sunk 10th May 1982
Scrapped October 2000
Scrapped November 2008
Scrapped December 2008
Scrapped November 2008
Sunk 25th May 1982

Scrapped September 2011
Scrapped October 2011
Scrapped October 2011
De-commissioned 30th March 2012
(Statistical information from Jane's Fighting Ships 2003 Edition)

HMS Exeter Crown Copyright


Further details can be obtained from the following links -
Wikipedia - RN Type 42 Destroyer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_42_destroyer
The Royal Navy Post War Web Site http://www.btinternet.com/~warship/Today/type42.htm
The Haze Gray & Underway Web Site http://www.hazegray.org/worldnav/europe/uk.htm#3