HMS Defender (D36)

Launched in December 2009, HMS Defender is the fifth of the Royal Navy’s six Type 45 destroyers. Together with her sister vessels, Defender is one of the most advanced warships ever constructed.

HMS Defender (D36) is currently on deployment



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Facts & figures

Facts & figures

8,500 tonnes

Total displacement

152 metres

Total length 

30+ knots

Top speed

Our operations

Current operation

Operation Kipion

Middle East

We have been on patrol in the Gulf since 1980, demonstrating the UK’s commitment to peace and stability.

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Commanding Officer

Commander Vince Owen

Commander Vince Owen joined the Royal Navy as a Warfare Officer in 2000. In 2019 he was selected for promotion to Commander and took Command of DEFENDER in May 2020.

HMS Defender's Role

Along with her fellow Type 45 destroyers, HMS Defender’s primary role is to provide the Fleet with air defence using the ferocious Sea Viper anti-air missile system. With a range of up to 70 miles, the Sea Viper is truly a force to be reckoned with.

At any one time, this high-tech warship could be hunting pirates, drug runners and submarines, defending the Fleet air attack, or providing humanitarian aid after a natural disaster.

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