HMS Defender has been welcomed to the Israeli port of Eilat by Israeli officials and the UK’s Ambassador to Israel.

British Ambassador David Quarrey recently highlighted the UK and Israel’s economic and scientific cooperation, Britain is working more closely with Israel in defence and security, he said. In this context he was said to be happy this week welcome the arrival in Israel of the HMS Defender. He also congratulated Elbit, whose chairman, Michael Federmann, was present, on its multimillion pound contract with the UK Ministry of Defence.

Eilat is Israel’s southernmost city, a busy port and popular resort at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba. Home to about 47,700 people, Eilat is part of the Southern Negev Desert, at the southern end of the Arava, adjacent to the Egyptian village of Taba to the south, the Jordanian port city of Aqaba to the east, and within sight of Saudi Arabia to the south-east, across the gulf.

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.

The Type 45 destroyers are primarily designed for anti-air warfare with the capability to defend against sophisticated targets such as fighter aircraft, drones as well as highly maneuverable sea skimming anti-ship missiles travelling at supersonic speeds.The Royal Navy describes the destroyers’ mission as being “to shield the Fleet from air attack”.

Presently the Daring-class destroyers are equipped with a 48-cell A50 Sylver Vertical Launching System allowing for a mix of up-to 48 Aster 15 and 30 missiles.

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Surprised she made it warm water Type 45 must have been towed

Philip Harris-Smith

Israel has maintained its democracy despite huge pressures. Democracies must give preferential support to other democracies.

Filip Vyrubek

We should definitely boost defence cooperation between the UK and Israel

Ross Hendrie

Israel are no friends of the UK. They supplied military aid to Argentina during the Falklands War.

Ams Jendob

So did France.

Ross Hendrie

Not during the war. The exocets used by the Argentine Air Force did come from France, but after the war started they provided all support possible.

Ams Jendob

“While France overtly backed the United Kingdom, a French technical team remained in Argentina throughout the war. French government sources have said that the French team was engaged in intelligence-gathering; however, it simultaneously provided direct material support to the Argentines, identifying and fixing faults in Exocet missile launchers”

David Southern

The sea is warm there isn’t it? :\

Filip Vyrubek coffee.We say in Czech R.No worries,they will fix it soon 🙂

Guy O'Donnell

It’s disappointing to hear this just as I thought our nation stopped dealing with this illegitimate so called state.