HMS Defender arrives in Gulf

THE Royal Navy’s HMS Defender warship has joined a French aircraft carrier in the Indian Ocean to bolster Western efforts to destroy Islamic State from the sea and air.

Royal Navy destroyer arrives in Indian Ocean to defend anti-ISIS coalition


HMS Defender is one of the Navy’s newest Type 45 air defence destroyers and is capable of controlling airspace across a vast area stretching 150,000 square miles – twice the size of Portugal.

The state-of-the-art destroyer will be used to defend the French Navy’s Charles de Gaulle from missile, drone and fighter jet attack, as well as highly manoeuvrable sea-skimming anti-ship missiles travelling at supersonic speeds.

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