Don’t worry, HMS Dragon was only being put through her paces as part of training.
The Royal Navy say here that the Type 45 Destroyer took part in a number of scenarios including simulated attacks from fast craft and from the air.
“The Type 45 destroyer was tasked with protecting the fictitious Freeport – what Plymouth is known as during training exercises like this – from any danger during an intensive three weeks at sea. Despite poor weather in the Channel, Dragon was able to complete a variety of serials, testing her abilities across all warfare disciplines.
In the ops room, the ship’s company dealt with threats from surface combatant vessels, completed air defence exercises and tested their nerve against small fast attack craft. They also took part in intelligence gathering exercises, culminating in the famous Royal Navy Thursday War, which sees the ship complete war-fighting and damage control exercises.
All of this was part of HMS Dragon’s FOST period. Fleet Operational Sea Training ensures the ship and her crew are ready for anything as they head on missions. As part of the training, the ship faces a loss of capability to see how her sailors can adapt when radars, weapons or communications go down.”
HMS Dragon is continuing with further training around the south coast.