Dragon breathes fire

BOOM HMS Dragon fires her Sea Viper missile
BOOM HMS Dragon fires her Sea Viper missile

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HMS Dragon displayed her awesome firepower as she successfully fired a Sea Viper missile for the first time.

The Royal Navy’s newest £1bn Type 45 destroyer blasted a missile out of her silo at three times the speed of sound, obliterating an incoming target in the sky during sea trials off the west coast of Scotland.

The live firing exercise took place on the Outer Hebrides missile range last week.

It marks the start of an intense work-up period for the 7,500-tonne warship before she is declared ready for global operations and deployed next year.