HMS Defender has arrived back into Portsmouth after her first time back at sea following an 18-month refit.
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 T45 in the Fleet. My crew and I look forward to the challenges of regenerating HMS Defender, in the last stage of the first T45 refit in the Royal Navy, in preparation for our Fleet Date later this year.”
According to the Royal Navy, while out in the South West exercise areas HMS Defender saw her sister ships HMS Diamond and HMS Dragon – both of which were also out on various training serials and testing of equipment. HMS Dragon is working under the Flag Officer Sea Training organisation in Devonport.
A fourth Type 45 destroyer – HMS Duncan is currently the Flagship for Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 and is shortly due to visit Constanta following a series of exercise with her NATO allies in the Black Sea.