Friday, January 7, 2011

HMS Cornwall (F99)

British Royal Navy file photo of HMS Cornwall (F99), a Type 22 Broadsword-class frigate. The Type 22 was designed to be a specialist anti-submarine warfare vessel as part of the Royal Navy's contribution to NATO. Since then they have evolved into a general-purpose frigate with weapons for use against other surface ships, aircraft and submarines. Cornwall is the lead ship for the third and final series (Batch), built in the Broadsword-class. The ships have enhanced command, control and co-ordination facilities ideal for deployment as flagships. On March 23, 2007 the naval forces of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRG) seized fifteen Royal Navy personnel in Iraqi waters. The men, eight sailors and seven Royal Marines, from HMS Cornwall had boarded an Iranian merchant vessel, suspected of smuggling automobiles, in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolution 1723. (Photo: courtesy British Royal Navy)

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