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Sunday 29 July 2012

James Watt Dock

A yacht passing Finlaggan on her way into James watt Dock.

Sunday 22 July 2012

HMS Defender

HMS Defender the fifth Type 45 destroyer to be built on the Clyde,she is seen here departing the shipyard for the last time.

Wednesday 18 July 2012

Tuesday 17 July 2012

Hessen f221

 Hessen f221 seen on the Clyde during a Joint Warrior military exercise .

The Sachsen class is Germany's latest class of highly advanced air-defense frigates. The design of the Sachsen class frigate is based on that of the F123 Brandenburg class but with enhanced stealth features intended to deceive any opponent's radar and acoustic sensors and incorporate also the advanced multifunction radar APAR as well as the SMART-L long-range radar which is claimed to be capable of detecting stealth aircraft and stealth missiles. Although designated as frigates, they are in capability and size comparable to destroyers.

With 2.1 billion Euro for only three ships, this was one of the most expensive ship building programs of the German Navy. They are similar to the Dutch De Zeven Provinciƫn class frigates. Both the Sachsen class and the De Zeven Provinciƫn class frigates are based on the use of a common primary anti-air warfare system built around the APAR and SMART-L radars and the area-defence SM-2 Block IIIA and point-defence Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) surface-to-air missiles.