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  • D36 HMS Defender

    UK Royal Navy

    2013 to present    

    D36 HMS Defender


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    MMSI: 235053421
    Flight Deck: DF
    Call Sign: GMIB
    Shipyard: Kvaerner (Govan)


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    History of UK D36 HMS Defender

    2006-julLaid downYard no. 1065
    2012-jul-25HomeportArrived in Portsmouth for formal handover from the builders.
    2013-mar-21Commissionedat HMNB Portsmouth
    2013-sep-10AircraftHMD Devonport at Plymouth with Merlin ZH846 on flight deck
    2014-junDeployment Combined Task Force 151 departed UK on maiden deployment with 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 from 217 Flight embarked. Joined CTF151 for maritime security and anti-piracy mission around the Persian Gulf and Horn of Africa. Returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 12 Dec.
    2014-dec-1Port VisitMTGrand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta first visit to Malta
    2015-apr-22Port VisitGreenwich Reach Greenwich Ship Tier 6 day visit to London to participate in centenary of Gallipoli celebrations. 815 NAS Defender Flt Lynx HMA.8 ZD268/365 embarked. Departed 28 Apr.
    2015-jun-22Deploymentoperated with RAF II(AC) Sq Typhoon for air-maritime integration exercises in the English Channel, for a week.
    2015-oct-19DeploymentOperation Kipion departed HMNB Portsmouth for 9 month Gulf and Middle East deployment. Lynx HMA.8 from 815 NAS joined in English Channel. To relieve HMS Duncan on station. Returned to Portsmouth on 9 Jul 2016.
    2015-decDeployment Opération Chammal Joined French-led Task Group 473 in Indian Ocean on anti-terrorism mission.
    2015-dec-17DeploymentArabian Sea escorting french carrier Charles de Gaulle in Arabian Sea/Persian Gulf
    2016-feb-9DeploymentINoff Ramakrishana Beach Represented Royal Navy and UK at the Indian Navy International Fleet Review at Visakhapatnam, on the Bay of Bengal
    2016-may-19DeploymentEastern Mediterranean Egyptair MS804 joined international search effort for Flight MS804
    2016-octRefitHMD Portsmouth Refitting at HMD Portsmouth to resolve T45 propulsion issues, thorugh the Power Improvement Project. Back to sea trials Apr 2018
    2019-mar-2DeploymentEscorted RFS Admiral Gorshkov and her support group through North Sea and English Channel, en route Mediterranean
    2019-augDeploymentdeployed to Middle East, with 815 NAS 209 Flt Wildcat HMA.2 embarked. Included a large narcotics interdiction during Dec 2019 in the northern Arabian Sea.
    2020-jun-24Aircraft815 NAS 219 Flt Wildcat HMA.2 embarked during Middle East deployment
    2020-sep-21DeploymentNorth Western Approaches JW 20-2 Exercise Joint Warrior 20-2 Participated in Ex Joint Warrior 20-2 off NW Scotland. 815 NAS 219 Flt Wildcat HMA.2 embarked.
    2021-apr-28NEWS UK Carrier Strike Group to Visit 40 Countries
    2021-may-1DeploymentHMNB Portsmouth departed HMNB Portsmouth for Exercise Strike Warrior and Operation Fortis 21 as part the HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group.
    2021-jun-18Port VisitUAOdessa CSG21 Visit to Odessa with HNLMS Evertsen, as part of her CSG21 deployment and departed just before midnight.
    2021-jun-23DeploymentUAoff SW Crimea FoN exercise Freedom of Navigation deployment to Black Sea, challenged by Russian Federation Naval, Coast Guard and Air forces.
    2021-jul-7DeploymentEGSuez Canal CSG21 Transit of Suez Canal from Mediterranean, with CSG21 main force.
    2021-aug-6Port VisitGUNaval Base Guam CSG21 arrived in Guam as part of HMS Queen Elizabeth group
    2021-oct-26NEWS East China Sea Royal Navy Wildcat Tests Martlet Missile
    2022-jun-17Port VisitDETirpitzhafen Kiel Week 2022 alongside for the 141st Kieler Woche.



        from Type 45 Daring class
    7500light (tn)
    8100full load (tn)
    152.40length (m)
    21.20beam (m)
    7.40draught (m)
    7000range (nm)
    29max speed (knots)
    2Naval Engine gas turbine - Rolls Royce WR21
    2Naval Engine diesel - Wärtsilä VASA32
    8Missile Launcher Aster VLS
    1Naval Gun Mk.8 Mod 1 4.5 inch
    1Naval Radar long range search S1850M



        Typical Max
    Landing platform only. No hangar
    UK Royal Navy AW EH101 12
    UK Royal Navy Westland Lynx 12
    UK Royal Navy AW AW159 Wildcat HMA2 12

    The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    



    UK Kvaerner (Govan), Govan

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