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  Navy to blow up its own ships
Updated 01 August 2002, 18.42
One of the Royal Navy's frigates, HMS Brilliant
Ever wondered what happens to old warships? Well, the Royal Navy has the solution.

  Click here for pix of the Navy's power ships!

They have revealed they are going to blow apart two of its old ships in target practice!

The frigates - HMS Boxer and HMS Brave - are said to be worth a whopping 400m and aren't needed anymore.

But warship experts say it's silly that the ships are being destroyed when they are not even out of date or that old.

Old enemies

Fact File
Frigate facts
Two main kinds: Type 22 and 23
Frigates used to hunt submarines
Cruise at 18 knots but sprint to 30 knots
Armed with Sea Wolf missile defence systems
Also carry Stingray anti-submarine torpedoes
Armed with Mk 11 depth charges

The two frigates to be trashed were built in the mid-1980s to hunt down Russian submarines.

At that time, the former Soviet Union and Britain weren't very friendly. But now Russia and Britain are friends, so there's no need to have as many of the expensive boats around.

The Navy say using old boats as real-life targets is very important to test how good their weapons are.

They strip the boats of all useful equipment before they blow them up. And they get rid of all the fuel and oil in them so as not to damage the environment.

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