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British Guided Missile Destroyers


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Introduction: the maritime air threat and the defensive missile /The County-class destroyers /The Type 82 destroyer: HMS Bristol /The Type 42: Sheffield-class destroyers /The Type 45: Daring-class destroyers /Operational Service /Conclusion /Bibliography /Index

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The ships that fought on the frontline of the Falklands War, Britain's guided missile destroyers are the only modern types ever to have been tested in real combat. This analysis of their development and combat history appeals to a broad audience of students and enthusiasts of naval technology and modern warfare.

About the Author

Edward Hampshire was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford and King's College, London, where he gained a doctorate in War Studies in 2008. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Dr Hampshire wrote his doctoral thesis on British naval technology of the 1960s, and he is currently researching British defence policy of the late 1970s and 1980s, in particular the 1981 Defence Review. His publications include 'From East of Suez to the Eastern Atlantic, British Naval Policy 1964-70'. Paul Wright has painted ships of all kinds for most of his career, specializing in steel and steam warships from the late 19th century to the present day. Paul's art has illustrated the works of Patrick O'Brian, Dudley Pope and C.S. Forester amongst others, and hangs in many corporate and private collections all over the world. A Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, Paul lives and works in Surrey.


"As a retired US Naval Officer I had the privilege of visiting and serving in Royal Navy ships including the later Type 42 destroyers. This book is a good overview of the systems and ships and a superb addition to the body of knowledge on the modern Royal Navy. This book is well worth adding to your library." - IPMS

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