HMS Defender to support French carrier

Ship will provide air cover for French aircraft carrier.

Britain’s HMS Defender to support French carrier against Islamic State

By Ryan Maass

The U.K. Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender will deploy to support the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in its mission against the Islamic State.

Defender, one of the Royal Navy’s six Type 45 destroyers, will be tasked with providing air defense cover for the French carrier as it attacks the Islamic State, Sunni radical militants also identified as Daesh and by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL. The offensive is part of a European response to the deadly November 13 attacks in Paris, which killed 129 people and wounded hundreds of others. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, promising others.

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