HMS Defender, a Type 45 Destroyer, has visited Cork in Ireland.
Local media reported that HMS Defender berted at “a rather strange place”, Marino Point.
Hello Cork ?? pic.twitter.com/ML7yPUaVac
— HMS Defender (@HMSDefender) November 23, 2018
HMS Defender returned to active service in April 2018 after a major 20 month long refit in Portsmouth.
HMS Defender was formally welcomed back into the fleet earlier in the year by Commodore Craig Wood, Commander of the Portsmouth Flotilla, after a series of trials to prove her upgrades was declared a success.
The Type 45 Destroyer received two new gas turbines, as well as new signals intelligence and surveillance equipment.
Commanding officer of HMS Defender, Commander Richard Hewitt, said:
“I am incredibly proud to have taken HMS Defender to sea for the first time in 18 months thanks to the hard work of Team Portsmouth, BAE Systems, and my ship’s company. With a number of major capability upgrades, HMS Defender is now the most capable Type 45 in the fleet.”
“On current plans, we anticipate that the Ministry of Defence will be able to award the contract for the Power Improvement Project for the Type 45 Destroyer class in early 2018.”
In 2015, the Ministry of Defence acknowledged that the vessels propulsion system, specifically, the Northrup Grumman intercooler was experiencing reliability issues, previously reported as nothing more than “teething troubles”.
A staggered refit was also announced, which will involve cutting into the ships’ hulls and fitting additional diesel generation capacity, this has become known as Project Napier.