P750 RN Type 42 Batch 3 Destroyer

HMS Manchester D95, HMS Gloucester D96,
HMS Edinburgh D97, HMS York D98



HMS Manchester

HMS Gloucester

HMS Edinburgh

HMS York
Length Height Weight Packaging
4.6 in(11.7 cm) 0.96 in (2.44 cm) 30 gm (1.05 oz) Blister Card

These are the Tri-ang Minic Ships model of the Type 42 Batch 3 Destroyers commissioned by the Royal Navy in the mid 1980's.

Tri-ang Minic Ships produces individual models of all four Type 42 Batch 3 Destroyers – HMS Manchester D95, HMS Gloucester D96, HMS Edinburgh D97 and HMS York D98 – 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 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.

The Batch 3 ships, often referred to as the "Manchester" Class, were approximately seven metres longer than the earlier ships to provide greater room for weapon systems and were fitted with deck edge stiffening beams to reduce hull stress. The extra length increased the speed of the ship while at the same time providing greater stability in poor weather.

The models are marked on the underside with the Tri-ang Minic logo, the model number P 750, "Royal Navy Modern Edition", and the description "Type 42 Batch 3 Destroyer".


Specifications

Ships in Class: D 95 HMS Manchester
D 96 HMS Gloucester
D 97 HMS Edinburgh
D 98 HMS York
Builders: Vickers Shipbuilding & Engineering, Barrow-in-Furness
Vosper Thornycroft, Woolston
Cammell Laird, Birkenhead
Swan Hunter Shipbuilders, Wallsend-on-Tyne
Laid Down: D 95 HMS Manchester
D 96 HMS Gloucester
D 97 HMS Edinburgh
D 98 HMS York
19th May 1978
18th January 1980
29th October 1979
8th September 1980
Launched: D 95 HMS Manchester
D 96 HMS Gloucester
D 97 HMS Edinburgh
D 98 HMS York
24th November 1980
21st June 1982
2nd November 1982
13th April 1983
Commissioned: D 95 HMS Manchester
D 96 HMS Gloucester
D 97 HMS Edinburgh
D 98 HMS York
16th December 1982
11th September 1985
17th December 1985
9th August 1985
Displacement: 4,675 tons Full Load
Length (OA): 462 ft 10 in ( 141.1 m )
Beam: 49 ft ( 14.9 m )
Draft: 19 ft (5.8 m )
Armament: 1 x Vickers 4.5" Mk 8 main gun forward
2 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 triple Stingray torpedo launchers port / starboard
Countermeasures: 4 x Sea Gnat 6 barrelled launchers
2 x DLF offboard decoys
1 x Towed torpedo decoy
Propulsion: 2 Rolls Royce Olympus TM3B gas turbines 43000 hp,
4 Rolls Royce Tyne gas turbines 10680 hp
Maximum Speed: 30+ knots
Complement: 301
Disposal: D 95 HMS Manchester
D 96 HMS Gloucester
D 97 HMS Edinburgh
D 98 HMS York
De-commissioned 24 February 2011
De-commissioned 30 June 2011
De-commissioned 6 June 2013
De-commissioned 27 September 2012
(Statistical information from Jane's Fighting Ships 2003 Edition))

HMS Edinburgh 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