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     F90Brilliant      

Photo byAugust 1994. The Mediterranean Sea. Photo from the archives of A. Andreev.

Country: United Kingdom.
Class, [Type]: Type 22 (Broadsword, Batch 1), [FFG].

Callsign: GWOJ ( Golf Whiskey Oscar Juliet )

Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders, U.K.
Launch date: 15 December 1978
Commission date: 15 May 1981.
Decommission date: 31 August 1996.

Displacement ( tons ): 3500 standard, 4000 full load.
Dimensions ( metres ): 131,2 x 15 x 6.
Main machinery: COGOG: 2 x Rolls-Royce Olympus TM3B gas turbines ( 54600 sh ), 2 x Rolls-Royce Tyne RM1C gas turbines ( 9700 sh ).
Speed ( knots ): 30.
Range ( miles ): 4500 at 18 knots.
Complement: 250 ( 31 officers ).

Guns: 2 x 1 40mm Bofors.
Missiles: SSM: 4 x 1 MM 38 Exocet; SAM: 2 x 6 GWS25 Sea Wolf.
Torpedoes: 2 x 3 324mm Мk32.

Radars: Air/Surface: Type 967; Navigation: Type 1006; Fire Control: 2 x Type 911.
Sonars: Type 2016.
Countermeasures: Decoys: 4 x Sea Gnat; Towed torpedo decoy Graseby Type 182.
Helicopters: 2 x Lynx HMA 3/8.
Comment: HMS Brilliant ( F-90 ) was participated in the Falklands War. During the war her two helicopters were involved in attacking the Argentine submarine Santa Fe, and she was the first Royal Navy warship to fire the Sea Wolf missile in action when, on 12 May 1982, she shot down three A-4 Skyhawks. Sold to Brazil 31 August 1996. Renamed Dodsworth ( F-47 ).

Year of visit the Black Sea:  1992

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