HMS Northumberland lays down some lead at NATO war games

November 5, 2018 – Before dawn in a cold, windswept Norwegian fjord, HMS Northumberland’s 4.5in main gun lights up the sky in support of NATO troops ashore. Responding to a number of fire missions requested by Viking, the call sign of the fire controller ashore, 21 high explosive shells left the barrel at more than twice the speed of sound in salvos of up to five rounds at a time. The barrage was the Devonport warship’s most overt act yet after nine days’ participation in Trident Juncture 18, NATO’s largest…

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HMS Westminster and Northumberland make most of NATO’s biggest exercise of 2018

November 5, 2018 – The crew of the tanker USNS Leroy Grumman haul in a line as they fill up two British warships simultaneously in the icy waters of the Norwegian sea. HMS Westminster and Northumberland took a break from submarine hunting with the French to take on board fuel after a challenging first few days in the far north of the Atlantic. The duo are part of a protective ring of steel around the US amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima and her British and American marines leading the…

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