A NAVY warship destroyed a cricket ball-sized target with two powerful missiles in a training exercise.
Portsmouth-based HMS Richmond fired two supersonic speed Sea Wolf surface-to-air missiles at its target off the south west coast.
A telemetry missile recorded data via sensors so its performance can be analysed by the Royal Navy’s trials authority, the Maritime Commissioning Trials and Assessments.
The Type 23 frigate followed this with a conventional warshot missile.
Lieutenant Commander Mark Quinn, the Weapon Engineer Officer responsible for the missile system, said: ‘My team has worked hard to ensure that Sea Wolf was ready to deliver and they have not disappointed.
‘The system, operators and maintainers all performed in unison to deliver devastating effect.’
HMS Richmond is at sea preparing to join in Exercise Joint Warrior, an international exercise beginning next month off the coast of Scotland.