IRON DUKE news coverage -was that a Sea Wolf?

Allnightin

Lantern Swinger
#1
The coverage of ID's big drug bust on yesterday's TV news both nationally and for the South West showed several clips of the helo firing at the smuggling vessel to sink it but there was also a very short clip of what must have been a missile, apparently from the ship on its way to a blob on the horizon but the impact wasn't shown. So was that a Sea Wolf - and did it hit?!
 
#2
Shouldn't think so. Sea Wolf is a defence missile useful for hitting bombs and exocets if they are coming for you. I believe that they are quite expensive and a missile wouldn't have been used. Done for the cameras.
After all no threat from the vessel, unmanned, cheaper to open the seacocks and sink it. Of course I could be wrong and am ready to be corrected if it is the case.
 

Allnightin

Lantern Swinger
#6
Thinking a bit more about it, yes SW is an AA only system so perhaps it was more likely that it was a 30mm round with a white tracer flare.
 
#7
I didn't see it but I'm guessing it was either one of the new IA (Improved Ammunition) 4.5 rounds which leave a bit of a trail as they go off and could easily be mistaken for a missile or more likely it was just a generic press clip of a 23 firing a Seawolf, which was in no way related to the story but looked cool for the news clip.
 

Allnightin

Lantern Swinger
#11
2_deck_dash said:
I didn't see it but I'm guessing it was either one of the new IA (Improved Ammunition) 4.5 rounds which leave a bit of a trail as they go off and could easily be mistaken for a missile
Thanks 2DD I hadn't seen what 4.5" IA looked like before but that makes the most sense.
 
#13
From a reliable source on board the USCG do the boarding due to complicated legal stuff and they(Jack) do the sinking 4.5 and 30mm HE
 

wave_dodger

MIA
Book Reviewer
#15
tommo said:
From a reliable source on board the USCG do the boarding due to complicated legal stuff and they(Jack) do the sinking 4.5 and 30mm HE
We have always carried a USCG LEDET to do our compliant boardings for ATP(N) - as long as I can remember. The tasking for the coalition CN patrols is provided by JIATF(S) in Florida and hence a US Law Enforcement presence. The jurisdication in that region is far murkier than than the water.
 

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