HMS Defender Returns From Persian Gulf With No Replacement

March 20, 2020 – HMS Defender returned to HM Naval Base Portsmouth this morning after a hugely successful 222 days away from home. Due to crew shortages, no replacement was deployed. Her crew of 270 and embarked helicopter from 815 Naval Air Squadron safely accompanied 38 British-flagged tankers and cargo ships through troubled waters and made two significant drug seizures.…

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