HMS Defender recently departed Portsmouth for intensive training to prepare for HMS Queen Elizabeth’s ‘Carrier Strike Group 21’ deployment.
In a news release that you can read here, the Royal Navy say that 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.
Commanding Officer of HMS Defender, Commander Vince Owen, was quoted as saying:
“It is a great feeling to be able to take HMS Defender back to sea after this period alongside for maintenance. Despite the additional challenges caused by COVID-19, the achievement of my ship’s company, BAE and our other industry partners to be able to return us to sea is hugely impressive and another important milestone in our generation for deployment.”
The Type 45 was in extensive top-to-bottom maintenance, including capability upgrades being fitted, a fresh coat of paint and routine upkeep on the exterior of the SAMPSON and S1850M radars.