Torpedo Away

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A Stingray Training Variant Torpedo is fired from Type 23 frigate HMS Westminster during an exercise.

After spending much of her 7 month deployment in the Gulf and Indian Ocean region conducting maritime security operations in support of the UK’s long standing commitment in the area, Royal Navy warship HMS Westminster took some time out to undertake valuable training.

During this training period, the ship undertook her keyrole training in the form of Anti Submarine Warfare and tested her torpedo firing skills. The TVT (training variant torpedo) as it is commonly known was fired to test the launching capabilities and also to test the sonar capablilites and training of the operators. Within minutes of the training finishing, HMS Westminster undertook a spot of gunnery training.

 

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Engineer Tom
Engineer Tom
February 5, 2014 10:35 am

At least they remembered to take the railing off first, that could of been embarassing if they hadn’t.

Chris
Chris
February 5, 2014 12:50 pm

ET – interesting point – looking at the photos it seems the railing posts are fitted to the deck by 4 hex-headed bolts each; no idea if the railing section is taken away as a single assembly or dismantled bit by bit. So. How much warning is needed before a torpedo can be spat into the water? Wouldn’t you have thought the railings needed to be designed to allow free passage of the weapon? Or if not, that the railing section could be quickly hinged either flat on the deck or outboard to rest against the hull plates? Having able seamen turning up on deck with a bag of spanners to dismantle safety railings when the ship is trying to evade submarine attack seems just a bit idiotic to me.

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x
February 5, 2014 2:03 pm

If there was any danger of it being needed the “railing posts” would have been dismantled.

Look same here…….

http://www.hazegray.org/features/nato/uk/london/london3.jpg

Brian Black
Brian Black
February 5, 2014 2:24 pm

Looks like a frigate smoking a cigar in the first picture.

Engineer Tom
Engineer Tom
February 5, 2014 2:24 pm

I do know from experence there used to be a hinged section, but when the system was decommisioned a few years back that was replaced with a standard railing and it looks like hey haven’t replaced it when the system was recommisioned.

Also as the tubes come out onto the deck in the main throughfare surely having the railings out permanently in a warzone would be an issue.

I believe the original design intent was that you could fire a torpedo without any prep as the outside doors are forced open when the tube door opens and then the railing would give way if the torpedo hit it, whilst still being able to stop a man if he fell into it.

John Hartley
John Hartley
February 5, 2014 3:32 pm

Well Saudi frigates have proper 21″ Torpedo tubes. Any photos of their heavy torps being launched?

Elm Creek Smith
Elm Creek Smith
February 5, 2014 8:35 pm

Maybe they need a modernized version of the Imperial Japanese Type 93 “Long Lance” torpedo. :D Forty klick range at 70 kmph with a 490kg warhead!

Sir Humphrey
February 5, 2014 9:22 pm

“Well Saudi frigates have proper 21″ Torpedo tubes. Any photos of their heavy torps being launched?”

Frankly I’d be impressed with photos of a Saudi frigate at sea. I could tell some real horror stories about the RSNF…

Chuck Hill
February 6, 2014 12:08 am

Is that a parachute ripcord it is dragging behind it?

Chuck Hill
February 6, 2014 12:10 am

I’m a firm believer in heavy weight torpedoes. http://chuckhillscgblog.net/2011/03/14/what-does-it-take-to-sink-a-ship/