HMS Defender (D36)
HMS Defender in 2012
|Builder:||BAE Systems Surface Ships|
|Laid down:||31 July 2006|
|Launched:||21 October 2009|
|Sponsored by:||Lady Massey|
|Commissioned:||21 March 2013|
|Status:||In active service, as of 2017|
|Class and type:||Type 45 Guided missile destroyer|
|Displacement:||8,000 to 8,500 t (8,400 long tons; 9,400 short tons)|
|Length:||152.4 m (500 ft 0 in)|
|Beam:||21.2 m (69 ft 7 in)|
|Draught:||7.4 m (24 ft 3 in)|
|Speed:||In excess of 30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)|
|Range:||In excess of 7,000 nautical miles (13,000 km) at 18 kn (33 km/h)|
|Complement:||191 (accommodation for up to 235)|
|Sensors and |
|Electronic warfare |
HMS Defender is the fifth of the Type 45 or Daring-class air-defence destroyers built for the Royal Navy. She is the eighth ship to bear the name. Construction of Defender began in 2006, and she was launched in 2009. The ship completed her first sea trials in October–November 2011, and was commissioned during March 2013.
On 21 October 2011, Defender left Scotstoun shipyard in Glasgow on her maiden voyage exactly two years to the day after she was launched, to conduct her first stage of sea trials. These trials were completed in mid-November. On 9 March 2012, she once again left the Clyde to commence a second round of trials, scheduled to last 28 days in the waters off western Scotland.
The ship left Scotstoun on 21 July 2012 on her delivery voyage and entered Portsmouth at 10:00 on 25 July 2012 where BAE Systems and the Royal Navy conducted a formal handover ceremony. At 14:00 that day she raised her White Ensign for the first time as a Royal Naval vessel under the command of Commander Phil Nash. Defender was commissioned on 21 March 2013. She stopped off at her home on the Clyde for final testing and was open to members of the public on Saturday 30 November 2013 before going into active service.
Defender sailed 700 miles from Portsmouth to the north east of Scotland on 19 December 2013 to meet a Russian task group of six ships including the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and escorted them down the east coast of Scotland. The vessels were held back by bad weather and had anchored in the Moray Firth.
The ship sailed on 19 October 2015 for a second deployment to the Middle East region. On 18 November, it was announced Defender would deploy alongside France's Charles de Gaulle carrier battle group, deployed off the coast of Syria as an air defence escort. This was in response to France's activation of article 42.7 of the European Union Treaty.
In June 2016, Defender, in conjunction with Australian and French ships, seized a total haul of 1020 kg of hashish from a fishing dhow south of Oman.
Defender returned to active service in April 2018 after a major 20 month long refit in Portsmouth.
In March 2019 HMS Defender was also scrambled when a ‘vomit-inducing’ Russian ship was spotted off the UK coast.
- City of Glasgow
- City of Exeter
- Exeter Flotilla
- TS Exeter (City of Exeter 134) Sea Cadet Corps
- 13 (City of Exeter) Squadron Air Training Corps
- Paddle Steamer Waverley
- Worshipful Company of Fletchers
- Exeter City Football Club
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