Dragon downs its first air target
By Doug Richardson
HMS Dragon, the UK Royal Navy's fourth Daring-class (Type 45) guided-missile destroyer, used its Sea Viper surface-to-air weapon system to engage and destroy an air target at the Outer Hebrides missile range off Scotland, the UK Ministry of Defence announced on 17 July 2012.
The firing exercise took place at the start of an intense work-up period for the ship. Five days had been allocated to make sure the ship's systems and crew were ready for the firing, but Dragon was ready for the test by the third day.
As the target missile headed towards the vicinity of the ship, the command to engage it with Sea Viper was given by Dragon's operations officer, Lieutenant Commander Duncan MacRae of the Royal Australian Navy.125 of 240 words
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