D36 HMS Defender

UK Royal Navy

2013 to present    

D36 HMS Defender


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Flight Deck: DF
Call Sign: GMIB


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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.



    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
UK Royal Navy AW EH101 12
UK Royal Navy Westland Lynx 12

The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    



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