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Breaking News – British Navy comes close to fire at UFO’s
HMS Daring: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Daring_(D32)
Friday, 05 June 2009
A British Navy warship may have come within seconds of opening fire on Unidentified Flying Objects above Merseyside, possibly narrowly avoiding the precipitation of an interstellar war and the extirpation of humanity by testy aliens.
Reports have it that the UFOs—speculated to have been visiting spacecraft from beyond the solar system—were tracked on naval weapons radars.
The revelation comes from the Telegraph, reporting on last week's sightings of "orange, ball-shaped" UFOs cruising above scouse1 beauty-spots between South Liverpool and Southport. The orange, blob-like flying balls—said by some witnesses to have "dropped fire" at times—were assessed by some to be floating Chinese lanterns, but this theory was widely disparaged among headline-writers in favour of the more crowd-pleasing interstellar visitors hypothesis. Also, Chinese lanterns don't move 3,000 miles/hr.
So far, so what. But then the Telegraph entered the debate with stunning revelations from "an ex-military source" regarding the presence of HMS Daring, a Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer which was docked in Liverpool as the UFOs passed over.
"The guns on the ships are powered [sic-guided?] by radar," [?] said the source, "but military radar and civilian radar work on different frequencies, so that is probably why the airport said it had not picked anything up."
The Telegraph says that the UFOs were actually "countermeasure flares used to test the radar systems of huge anti-missile guns on the ship". The broadsheet carries on to say: Countermeasure flares are designed to prevent radar-based missile systems locking on to aircraft by providing multiple targets.
The warship, which was docked at Liverpool's cruise liner terminal, is fitted with radar-activated Phalanx guns, which are capable of firing more than 3,000 rounds a minute.
"What happened was a plane flew over at high altitude following the path of the river and dropped the countermeasures, which the radar tracked," said the paper's unnamed source.
"That's why people reported seeing them where they did, from Mossley Hill2 up to Southport."
Actually, while the Type 45 ships are designed to be fitted with Phalanx radar-controlled guns, they don't have them yet, owing to lack of money. The plan is apparently to cannibalise weapons from older ships as they retire. But Daring does have her 4.5-inch main gun, and a pair of ordinary slower-firing 30mm cannon intended for use against pirate dhows3 and the like.
The 4.5" "Kryten" gun turret (a type of weapon in use since before World War II) can be fired under radar control. It would normally be seen as a poor choice for anti-aircraft work these days, but beggars can't be choosers—the ships' PAAMS missiles, their primary armament, aren't ready yet either.
The "Radar countermeasure flares" notion is plainly poppycock, however. Countermeasure flares are for confusing infrared systems, not radar—though ordinary illumination flares are used occasionally as aiming targets for lighter manually-aimed guns. But you certainly aren't going to start letting off flares over a densely-populated urban area in the UK, so we're staying with the much more credible alien-visitors idea.
So what we've got here is HMS Daring tracking extraterrestrial spacecraft, and possibly almost certainly coming within inches of triggering an interstellar invasion by an ill-timed freak accidental firing mishap. That is, in the unlikely event that the rather feeble weapons actually fitted to the navy's newest, billion-dollar destroyer were actually able to do any harm.
Reference for the above text is: http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/7029/56/
Retrieved: Jan. 04, 2011.
Note #1: Scouse (pronounced /ˈskaʊs/) is the accent and dialect of English found in the city of Liverpool and the adjoining urban areas of Merseyside. This is particularly strong within areas of neighbouring boroughs of south Sefton, Knowsley and Wirral.
Note #2: Mossley Hill is an affluent district of Liverpool, Merseyside [below], England and a Liverpool City Council Ward. It is located to the south of the city, bordered by Aigburth, Wavertree, Childwall and Allerton.
Mossley Hill Latitude 53-22-44.4 N, Longitude 002-55-4.8 W (D-M-S)
Note #3: A dhow (Arabic,ĎÇć) is a traditional Arab sailing vessel with one or more lateen sails. It is primarily used to carry heavy items, like fruit, along the coasts of the Arabian Peninsula, Pakistan, India and East Africa. Larger dhows have crews of approximately thirty people, while smaller dhows typically have crews of around twelve.
UFOCAT PRN – NONE
Europe – United Kingdom
Merseyside Latitude 53-24-00 N, Longitude 003-05-00 W (D-M-S)
Liverpool Latitude 53-23-12 N, Longitude 002-54-56 W
Southport Latitude 53-40-00 N, Longitude 003-00-00 W
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