HMS Edinburgh (D97) is a Type 42 (Batch 3) destroyer of the Royal Navy. Edinburgh was built by Cammell Laird of Birkenhead. She was launched on the on 1983-04-14 and commissioned on the 1985-12-17. See Wikipedia article at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Edinburgh_(D97).
The Type 42 Destroyers form the backbone of the Royal Navy's anti-air capability. They are equipped with the Sea Dart medium range air defence missile system, which in its primary role is designed to provide area air defence to a group of ships, although it is also effective against surface targets at sea. In addition to their role as an air defence platform the Type 42 Destroyers operate independently carrying out patrol and boarding operations, recently enforcing UN embargoes in the Gulf and the Adriatic as well as providing humanitarian assistance in Monserrat and East Timor. See HMS Edinburgh's website at www.royal-navy.mod.uk/server/show/nav.1631.