Type 45 destroyers

Type 45 Deployed Services
Commissioned into service between July 2009 and September 2013, the six Type 45 Destroyers were built by BAE Systems for UK Ministry of Defence to replace the Type 42 class destroyers.

The largest and most powerful Air Defence Destroyer ever built, Type 45 was primarily designed to provide the latest Anti-Air Warfare (AAW) capability protecting national, allied and coalition forces against enemy aircraft and missiles.

Design and build of the vessels was spread across our facilities in Glasgow and Portsmouth using modular manufacturing techniques. The bow to bridge block, masts and funnels were built at our Portsmouth site, whilst the stern and mid sections of the ships were manufactured in Glasgow, where our engineers also undertook final outfitting, systems integration, testing and commissioning of the ships.

Key Facts

  • Displacement: 7,500 tonnes
  • Length: 152.4 metres
  • Maximum beam: 21.2 metres
  • Top speed: 27 knots
  • Range: 7,000 miles
  • Crew: Approximately 190

BAE Systems also provides the state of the art combat systems and radars, which contribute to the Type 45’s impressive warfighting capability.

Working in partnership with the Ministry of Defence and Royal Navy, BAE Systems Class Output Management team are a ‘one-stop-shop’ for Ship’s Staff at the waterfront.  They are responsible for the coordinated in service support to all Type 45 ships ensuring they are available and ready to protect our nation’s interests, whenever and wherever they may be required.