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HMS Defender (D36)

HMS Defender is the fifth ship of the Type 45 or 'D' Class of air defence destroyer (AAW) being built for the Royal Navy.

Construction Defender's construction began at the BAE Systems Naval Ships (now part of BAE Systems Surface Ships) yard at Govan on the River Clyde in July 2006. The launch date was 21 October 2009.[3]

Design Main article: Type 45 Destroyer The Type 45 (or Daring) class will be the most advanced air-defence warship in the world.[4] The ship's capabilities centre on the SAMPSON Multi Function Radar, which can detect targets out to a distance of 400 kilometres (220 nmi), and the PAAMS missile system.

The Type 45 has frequently been cited by the British press as being the first class of warship to include e-mail and entertainment systems (including iPod charging points) within the messdecks.[5] These reports relate to 230-volt domestic supplies and access to external e-mail, both of which have been common features in most RN vessels for several years.[6]


Career (United Kingdom)

Name:  HMS Defender
Ordered: December 2000
Builder: BAE Systems Surface Ships
Laid down: 31 July 2006
Launched: 21 October 2009
Identification: IMO number: 4907878
Motto: Fendendo vince
("By defence I conquer")
Status: Under construction



General characteristics

Class and type: Type 45 air-warfare destroyer
Displacement: 7,500 tonnes
(8,100 tonnes Full load)
(both figures are 'start of life')
Length: 152.4 metres (500 ft) Beam: 21.2 metres (70 ft) Draught: 7.4 metres (24 ft) Propulsion: 2 Rolls-Royce WR-21 gas turbines, Converteam electric motors Speed: Over 29 knots (54 km/h)[1] Range: 7,000 nautical miles (13,000 km) at economical speed Complement: 190 Sensors and
processing systems: SAMPSON radar
S1850M 3D radar
MFS 7000 Sonar Electronic warfare
and decoys: Seagnat
SSTD[2] Armament: Aircraft carried: 1 x Lynx HMA8 or 1 x Westland Merlin HM1[2]
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