Type 42 destroyer
Guided missile destroyer
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s used by the British Royal Navy
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and the Argentine Navy
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. The first ship of the class was ordered in 1968 and launched in 1971, and today three ships remain active in the Royal Navy and one in the Argentinian Navy. Two of the class (Sheffield and Coventry) were sunk in the Falklands War of 1982.
The class was designed in the late 1960s to provide fleet area air-defence.