HMS Northumberland Sea Ceptor Missile ROYAL NAVY
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HMS Northumberland Takes Down Drone During Missile Test

The Plymouth-based Type 23 frigate was testing her powerful weapons system on the ranges around the Outer Hebrides.

HMS Northumberland Sea Ceptor Missile ROYAL NAVY

The Sea Ceptor system has a range of more than 15 miles (Picture: Royal Navy).

HMS Northumberland's multi-million pound Sea Ceptor missile system has been taking down drones off the northwest coast of Scotland.

The Plymouth-based Type 23 frigate was testing her powerful weapons system on the ranges around the Outer Hebrides in Installation Test Firing exercises.

The Sea Ceptor, which is fitted to all the Royal Navy’s Type 23s and replaced Sea Wolf missiles, can travel up to three times the speed of sound with a range of more than 15 miles. 

HMS Northumberland Sea Ceptor Missile ROYAL NAVY
(Picture: Royal Navy).

In the drill, her ship’s company was tasked with taking down a high-speed, low-flying drone.

Chief Petty Officer Mark Lynch said: "It’s something we drill over and over again, but the feeling of taking a live target with a missile is something completely unique.

"Especially given the short timeframe in which you have to react from identifying and classifying the target to engaging it."

Last year HMS Northumberland completed a £35 million makeover and underwent sea trials of the South West coast.

The Type 23 frigate entered service in late 1994 and was built in the North East by the Swan Hunter yard.