Construction started on July 31st 2006 and the ship was launched on October 21st 2009. Finally today, on the 21st March 2013 the HMS Defender is being commissioned in front of a large audience including the Duke of York.
The mighty ship is the fifth type 45, or ‘D’ class of air defence destroyer, built for the Royal Navy. She is one of a fleet of the largest battleships ever built. She is the eighth ship to bear the name and her sister ship the HMS Dragon set off yesterday for her first tour of duty to the Middle East.
We hope the ship & all who sail on her will have many safe sailings to come!