Type 45 Destroyer HMS Defender has opened fire off the coast of the UK as part of gunnery training.
The vessel is sharpening her skills ahead of deployment.
— HMS Defender (@HMSDefender) May 5, 2021
The purpose of gunnery training is self explanatory, crews need to remain familiar with how to operate the weapons they’re responsible for to ensure the ship can fight.
HMS Defender is joining the rest of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s Carrier Strike Group in Exercise Strike Warrior which is due to begin shortly off the Scottish coast.
This exercise is designed to prepare the Carrier Strike Group for their upcoming global deployment.
HMS Queen Elizabeth’s ‘Carrier Strike Group 21’ deployment will feature visits to India, Japan, Republic of Korea and Singapore.
According to the Ministry of Defence, on the 28-week deployment spanning 26,000 nautical miles the Carrier Strike Group will conduct engagements with Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Japan and India as part of the UK’s tilt towards the Indo-Pacific region.