Military - HMS Andromeda Launch - HM Dockyard, Portsmouth
HMS Andromeda, the Royal Navy's 18th Leander-class frigate, at her launch at HM Dockyard, Portsmouth. She was named by Mrs Gerald Reynold (on dais), wife of the Minister of Defence (administration). The Andromeda, which has a standard displacement of about 2, 000 tons, has an overall length of 372 feet and a beam of 43 feet. It will have a complement of 17 officers and 246 ratings. Her armament will consist of 4.5 inch guns in a twin mounting directed by a fully automatic radar, controlled fire control and gun direction system, a Seacat ship-to-air launcher and anti-submarine mortar. She will also carry a helicopter for anti-submarine use.
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