(ORDO NEWS) — According to an official press release from the Royal Air Force, during an exercise that took place from 1 to 12 September off the north-west coast of Scotland, a Wildcat helicopter, HMS Westminster and three Typhoon jets brought fire to the decommissioned American frigate USS Boone, using the entire complex weapons. And they were a complete success. True, the frigate did not defend itself.
The Royal Navy frigate HMS Westminster fired two Harpoon anti-ship missiles. Simultaneously with these volleys, a Wildcat helicopter also struck the training target with Martlet-class missiles.
Interestingly, this was the first strike on a surface target of this level by missiles of this class.
The helicopter then remained airborne and used its equipment to target RAF Typhoon fighters, which attacked the frigate with Paveway IV guided bombs.
In addition to the British ship, helicopter and aircraft, the US Navy also attacked the frigate. So, the SM-6 multi-purpose missile was launched from the destroyer USS Arleigh Burke.
The US Air Force also deployed F-15E Eagles. The result of the exercise was the sinking of the frigate.
The exercise, dubbed Atlantic Thunder, was the first of its kind for the Royal Navy in 18 years and was conducted alongside US Navy and US Air Force counterparts.
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