HMS Defender Celerbrates First Decade Since Launch

November 14, 2019 – Sailors on HMS Defender took a short break from safeguarding shipping in the Gulf to celebrate the destroyer’s 10th birthday. The cutting-edge Type 45 destroyer was launched in 2009 and since entering front-line service in 2013 has been on operations across the globe. Currently, the Portsmouth-based warship is in the Gulf accompanying British-flagged shipping through the Strait of Hormuz. Over the past decade, among other operations, Defender has carried out drug busts in the Middle East; supported US Navy aircraft carrier USS George H W Bush;…

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HMS Defender Begins Asia-Pacific Deployment

August 12, 2019 – Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender, one of two currently operational, has deployed to the Asia Pacific region. The deployment aims to strengthen already strong defense ties and demonstrate the UK’s commitment to the peace and prosperity of the region. The presence of the ship proves the UK’s global reach with world-wide interests and world-leading defense capability. HMS Defender will take part in maritime security patrols aimed at protecting vital trade routes as part of a long-standing 30-nation maritime force. The Asia Pacific region is increasingly important…

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HMS Defender Fires Missile in Exercise Formidable Shield

May 20, 2019 – In a burst of fire and smoke, Royal Navy warship HMS Defender has tested her world-beating missile system off the coast of Scotland. Blasting from the Type 45 destroyer’s silo, the missile flew four times the speed of sound before obliterating an incoming drone target designed to simulate a projectile attack on the ship. It marks the first time HMS Defender has taken on this particular type of target – one that is significantly more challenging as it flies faster and lower than others before it.…

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Rolls-Royce to supply MTU generator sets for refurbishment of UK Type 45 naval vessels

November 26, 2018 – Rolls-Royce is to supply 18 MTU Series 4000 diesel generator sets to BAE Systems as part of the Power Improvement Project (PIP) to increase the resilience of the power and propulsion system in all six Type 45 destroyers. The two existing diesel gensets are to be replaced by three MTU gensets per vessel. The three MTU gensets will complement two existing Rolls-Royce WR21 gas turbines also supplying power to the electric propulsion system. Knut Müller, Head of MTU’s Marine & Government Business, said: “We are delighted…

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HMS Dragon leaves Portsmouth for Persian Gulf

September 18, 2018 – Portsmouth based HMS Dragon left her homeport today to embark on an operational deployment to the Persian Gulf. The Type 45 destroyer is scheduled to work alongside coalition and regional partners throughout her time away. She will be focused on providing regional maritime security, including counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling activities. Commander Michael Carter-Quinn, Commanding Officer of HMS Dragon, said, “Today’s departure on operations has been achieved through the hard work and support of my ship’s company, their families and the wider defense enterprise in ensuring that we…

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HMS Diamond arrives in Aberdeen

August 13, 2018 – Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond is visiting Aberdeen for three days after she shadowed two Russian warships through the English Channel. The Portsmouth-based destroyer is affiliated with the city of Aberdeen, and will take the opportunity to hold a reception on board for guests from the community. Commander Ben Keith, the Commanding Officer of HMS Diamond, said: “HMS Diamond treasures its affiliation with the city of Aberdeen and we are thrilled to be visiting once again. “We always receive a warm welcome from the local community…

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Defence Minister returns to Chelmsford to announce £18m contract to support Royal Navy radar systems

Visiting BAE Systems’ Great Baddow site today, Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin announced a new £18 million contract to support the Royal Navy’s air defense fleet and sustain Chelmsford jobs. The contract will ensure the continued availability of the battle-winning Long Range Radar (LRR) equipment on the UK’s six Type 45 Destroyers, including maintenance and repairs. The work will sustain 11 highly-skilled jobs with BAE Systems in Chelmsford, as well as four in Portsmouth. The announcement was particularly personal to the Defence Minister, who had her first ever work experience placement…

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