Haze Gray Photo Feature
Vancouver and her sisterships are equipped with a single 57mm
dual-purpose gun, mounted at the bow.
An overhead view of the 57mm gun with a coaming surrounding it, for
protection against the sea.
The gun is capable of high angle elevation, to fire against aircraft.
A gun crewman standing at the rear of the mount, with the loading
machinery on display.
Another view of the loading machinery with two 57mm shells.
This motto is proudly displayed on the rear of the mount.
Vancouver has 16 vertical-launch cells for Sea Sparrow missiles.
Eight cells are located on each side of the superstructure; the port-side
cells are seen here. They are located behind a vertical shield which
hides them from radar, reducing the ship's radar cross section.
A detail view of the missile cells.
Unlike many frigates around the world, these ships do not use the common
US-built Mk41 VLS, preferring this topside-mounted system.
An end-on view of the missile tubes.
The round vertical ducts vent rockets exhaust upward.
Vancouver also carries the common Harpoon missile tubes.
The Harpoons are located between the uptakes; up to 8 can be carried,
although only 4 are aboard in this view.
A close view of two Harpoon missile tubes.
Another near-standard item is the Phalanx CIWS.
Vancouver, like many frigates, carries a single CIWS.
Also in common with many frigates, Vancouver has 12.75 inch
(324mm) torpedo tubes for lightweight anti-submarine torpedoes. This
view shows two of her four built-in tubes.
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