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.

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

8,500 tonnes

Total displacement

 
152 metres

Total length 

30+ knots

Top speed

Our operations

Current operation

Alongside in Portsmouth

Portsmouth

Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base.

Our base

Our base

RNAS Culdrose

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Commanding Officer

Commander Richard Hewitt

Richard Hewitt joined the Royal Navy at Britannia Royal Naval College in 2002. He was promoted to Commander in 2017 and selected to command HMS Defender from September 2017.

Biography

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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