HMS BRISTOL was built by Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd., at
Wallsend-on-Tyne. Laid down in April 1967, she was launched in 1969 by
Lady Hogg and completed in December 1972.
The ship is 507 feet long, has a beam of 55 feet and a standard displacement of 6,000 tons. She is powered by two steam turbines for normal steaming and two Olympus gas turbines for additional boost for high speeds or for leaving harbour in an emergency. The four power units are coupled to two shafts giving the ship a maximum speed in excess of 30 knots. To meet the requirements of weapons and domestic facilities the ship has a total generating capacity of 7,000 kilowatts.
To achieve the last two roles HMS BRISTOL
carries a comprehensive and extensive communications outfit and deploys
a number of advanced weapon systems.
COMMAND AND CONTROL
Because modern warfare requires quick reaction all
the weapon systems are fully automatic, but the decision to open fire
remains with the Captain, who is also responsible for the tactical
handling and fighting of the ship.
Comprehensive radio communications equipment
enables the ship to maintain vital links with other ships, aircraft and
the shore. The ship can exchange signals with any part of the world and
can be in constant communication with the Ministry of Defence or the
Operational Commander throughout 24 hours each day.
A HOME FOR THE MEN
Manpower is a very expensive commodity in a
warship. Every member of the crew is a skilled, highly trained man, who,
if he is to be economically used, must be properly managed and given
every possible mechanical aid to carry out his ship upkeep duties. He
also requires living conditions which are as comfortable and up to date
as it is possible to provide in a fighting unit where so much space is
demanded by weapons, machinery and stores.
Every effort has been made in the BRISTOL to
see that these ideals have been met. She is not the first ship to have
bunks, vacuum cleaners, air-conditioning, laundry, NAAFI shop and a
modern cafeteria - to name a few facilities - but she was among the
first to have her interior decor chosen by a firm of consultants and to
have her own TV studio and cameras. Points like these typify the thought
and money which has been spent in making her comfortable and easy to
run, as well as being a powerful fighting ship.
Although the ship's company have families from all
over the British Isles, from places as far apart as Dundee and Guernsey,
they are very proud of the ship's association with the city whose name
she bears. Most of all, however, they are proud to serve in one of their
country's finest warships.
The main control position of the engine room. Here
the watch-keepers control the steam and gas turbines.