American guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut steams into Portsmouth

AN AMERICAN warship has arrived in Portsmouth bringing with her hundreds of US sailors.

Monday, 23rd April 2018, 4:37 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd April 2018, 4:46 pm
United States Navy, Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer 'USS Farragut' arriving in Portsmouth Harbour at lunchtime on Monday. Picture: Tony Weaver

USS Farragut steamed into the city’s harbour earlier today.

The guided-missile destroyer and her 290-strong crew are expected to remain in Portsmouth for a few days.

She is currently part of the The USS Harry S. Truman carrier strike group which is due to begin operations in the Mediterranean.

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United States Navy, Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer 'USS Farragut' arriving in Portsmouth Harbour at lunchtime on Monday. Picture: Tony Weaver

Commissioned into the US Navy almost 12 years ago, the 9,200-tonne Arleigh Burke-class has deployed across the globe, including the Gulf, north Atlantic and Mediterranean.

As well as carrying guided missiles, the destroyer is also armed with one five-inch gun, two 25mm Mk 38 machine guns, four .50 cal machine funs, two Mk46 triple torpedo tubes and one 20mm Phalanx close-in weapons system – a weapons system capable of spewing out thousands of rounds a minute to obliterate incoming missiles.

She is fractionally longer than the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers but displaces almost 2,000 extra tonnes.

United States Navy, Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer 'USS Farragut' arriving in Portsmouth Harbour at lunchtime on Monday. Picture: Tony Weaver