HMS Defender Begins Predeployment Workups

March 2, 2021 – HMS Defender has left Portsmouth to take part in intensive training ahead of a busy year as part of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s Carrier Strike Group 21 mission.

The Type 45 Destroyer recently sailed from Portsmouth to take part in intensive training to prepare for missions around the world this spring on HMS Queen Elizabeth’s landmark deployment.

Launched in December 2009, HMS Defender is the fifth of the Royal Navy’s six Type 45 destroyers. Together with her sister vessels, Defender is one of the most advanced warships ever constructed.

After a period of essential maintenance, HMS Defender will undergo drills and exercises to ready the ship’s cutting-edge kit ahead of her deployment later in the spring.

Defender is earmarked for upcoming missions in the Mediterranean, Middle East and Asia-Pacific region on HMS Queen Elizabeth’s Carrier Strike Group 21 mission.

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