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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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