Sunday, October 03, 2010
The big anchor chains were all beautifully painted. Paint. Yup. Always lots of painting to do on a ship.
View looking forward. That deck gun doesn't look like much, but it is plenty dangerous. Its not the size of the projectile anymore, but rather, the fancy types of munitions you can use to do the job. The modern projectiles can do the kind of damage with a juice can sized shell that it used to take a car sized shell to perform. The rate of fire, radar accuracy, and fancy stuff on the sharp end more than makes up for sheer power. Besides, this is a frigate, not a battle ship. The biggest thing we have faced on the sea in the last half century is a smuggler!
If they need to stop, oh, say, an incoming rocket, there are ways to stop it. In fact, the Frigates are able to stop most any attack from most any platform...they fairly bristle with ordinance. Mostly grey, unobtrusive stuff which can take a rogue wave and come back fighting.
I asked them why these rocket launchers launched across the middle of the ship. They told me that they did that so that the rocket blast didn't burn the deck. I should have thought of that.
Cold rainy day. Warm welcome onto a Canadian Destroyer.
Fresh back from the pirate chasing. Showing the flag. An excellent time was had by all.