HMS Defender’s commissioning is a significant achievement and testament to the hard work of MoD and industry teams to deliver these hugely capable vessels to the Royal Navy.

Minister for Defence Equipment Support and Technology, Philip Dunne

Minister for Defence Equipment Support and Technology, Philip Dunne, said:

“HMS Defender’s commissioning is a significant achievement and testament to the hard work of MoD and industry teams to deliver these hugely capable vessels to the Royal Navy.

“The six state of the art Type 45 destroyers will play an important role in protecting UK interests from global threats.”

The commissioning of HMS Defender is one of three significant events this week for the Type 45 class.

On Tuesday, HMS Dragon, which is the fourth in class, sailed from Portsmouth Naval Base for her maiden, seven-month deployment to the Middle East.

On Friday, the sixth and final Type 45, HMS Duncan, is due to arrive in Portsmouth for the first time to begin her sea trials.

HMS Daring, Dauntless and Diamond have already completed operational tours to the Mediterranean, the Gulf and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Type 45s feature the Sea Viper air defence missile system, which can tackle multiple targets at once and accelerate to twice the speed of Concorde in under ten seconds.

The destroyers will be able to deploy with the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, which is due to be completed next year and will also be based in Portsmouth.