What a lovely sight - 2 beautifully designed classes of RN ships in formation 1.
I often think if it wasnt for the mediocre performance and space eating characteristics of SeaSlug (e.g. Bath had chosen a better SAM), the Counties could have been a real export success (as new) and perhaps we may have seen batch 3 ships built?
Both Glamorgan and Antrim performed magnificently during the Falklands war.
i'm sure if the lightweight version of Sea Dart had entered service they would have been contenders for the fitment. Alas the regular system was far too large and complex to be retrofitted.
export - well with the exception of the Type 21's I don't think there is an example of a higher proportion of a single class of RN vessels being sold abroad on RN retirement? (Norfolk, London, Glamorgan, Antrim & Fife all continued after retirement).
Leanders - the point i was making was the proportion of vessels in a class that had served in the RN first. Leanders were a great export success, however i think only a handful of the 'RN used' were sold on aboard;
Bacchante, Andromeda, Minerva, Penelope, Dido, Achilles, Ariadne and Apollo. 8 out of 26 are there any I'm missing?
You did well FG but you missed DANAE. She went to Ecuador in 1991.
I have a good photo of ex-ANTRIM (Almirante Cochrane) taken 2001 which shows how they changed the stern to good effect in my opinion. I'll post in due course.
OK got your intent FG, sorry I missed that in your 09:32 post.
I was poorly trying to articulate that the design was very good for both classes - just the weapons system (and subsequent internal hull layout) spoilt any export potential of the DLGs as a new build, unlike the Leander design - which had great export success (new builds) including.....
Chilean Navy: Condell class
RAN: River class
India: Nilgiri class
RNLN: Van Speijk class