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Defender takes to the high seas

Defender departs on stage 1.1 sea trials
DEFENDER, the fifth Type 45 destroyer built by BAE Systems, is currently undertaking her second and final stage of sea trials off the west coast of Scotland.

Since leaving the business’ Scotstoun yard on Saturday 10 March, the ship has been put through her paces by embarking on an extensive programme of trials.

During 28 days at sea, the ship’s power and propulsion, combat systems, navigational and communications equipment will undergo testing. Following her sea trials, DEFENDER will return to the Clyde for final integration and testing, before setting sail for her home port of Portsmouth in July where she will be handed over to the Royal Navy.

The Type 45s will provide the backbone of the UK’s naval air defences for the next 30 years and beyond. The destroyers will be capable of carrying out a wide range of operations, including anti-piracy and anti-smuggling activities, disaster relief work and surveillance operations as well as high intensity war fighting.