HMS Defender Visits Istanbul
(Photo Courtesy of Bosphorus Naval News) Royal Navy’s Daring-class air-defence destroyer HMS Defender (D36) visits Istanbul to host UK Industry Day on board.

HMS Defender Visits Istanbul

The vessel was located in the western Mediterranean on Sunday. It diverted the root to Istanbul and entered the Çanakkale Strait (The Dardanelles) around 21 o'clock once it started to get dim. The vessel will be embarked in Istanbul on Wednesday and Thursday before entering the Black Sea.

HMS Defender Visits Istanbul

(Photo Courtesy of Bosphorus Naval News)

HMS Defender is the fifth Type 45 built for the Royal Navy. Thus, she is the eighth ship to bear the name. She is also the largest and most powerful destroyer in the Navy’s fleet.

Construction of Defender began in 2006, and she was launched in 2009. The ship completed her first sea trials in October–November 2011 and was commissioned during March 2013.

The UK Industry Day will provide an opportunity to discuss trends and possible areas of cooperation on Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Clean Growth, Defence and Security sectors between the UK and Turkey.

The exhibition will be held on the flight deck and the hanger of the ship. The participant companies are Airbus, Rolls Royce, FNSS, Shell, Vodafone, Caterpillar, Inmarsat, Leonardo, Thales, BAE Systems.

The ship is part of the Carrier Strike Group to provide air defence missile protection of HMS Queen Elizabeth. The ship was last seen on marine trackers on June 6th, soon after HMS Queen Elizabeth and FS Charles de Gaulle were on display of Anglo-French naval and air power to work side-by-side for the first time.

HMS Defender Visits Istanbul

The Air Defence Destroyer has the Sea Viper air defence system, which combines the Sampson radar system and the Aster missile system. The ship has a 48-cell Sylver A50 VLS, for a mix of up to 48: Aster 15 missiles (range 1.7–30 km) Aster 30 missiles (range 3–120 km). The system tracks aircraft and other objects across thousands of cubic miles of airspace identifies threats, and destroys them when necessary.

HMS Defender Visits Istanbul

The ship has last tested its system two years ago at NATO’s Exercise Formidable Shield exercise.A few days ago, Royal Navy’s same class vessel HMS Dragon tested its Sea Viper system in Scotland, Royal Navy announced on June 4th. Sea Viper is more than four metres high, and it can travel at four times the speed of sound inside two and a half seconds.

The Royal Navy is using artificial intelligence to defeat missile attacks. The technology allows the operator to identify missile threats more quickly than usual.

The ship has 2 × quad Harpoon launchers


1 × BAE 4.5 inch Mk 8 naval gun

2 × Oerlikon 30 mm guns

2 × Phalanx CIWS

2 × Miniguns

6 × General purpose machine guns

The ship carries

1–2 × Lynx Wildcat, armed with:

4 × anti-ship missiles, or

2 × anti-submarine torpedoes


1 × Westland Merlin, armed with:

4 × anti-submarine torpedoes

Facts & figures about the Ship:

8,500 tonnes

Total displacement

152 metres

Total length

30+ knots

The UK Industrial Day Participants;

Airbus: Airbus UK is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Airbus which produces wings for Airbus aircraft. When Airbus was incorporated as a joint-stock company in 2001, BAE Systems transferred its UK Airbus facilities in return for a 20% share of the new company. As a result, these facilities became Airbus UK.

HMS Defender Visits Istanbul

Rolls Royce: Rolls-Royce is an engineering company focused on power and propulsion systems.The company provides T-129’s LHTEC T800-4A turboshaft engines via its joint venture with Honeywell. In addition, it has shown interest in the Turkish TF-X aircraft program. It also wants to provide marine MT30 gas turbines to future air defence frigate project. In addition, the company has an engine on a Turkish indigenous Gökbey helicopter. Its or its joint ventures products power bell’s Cobra helicopters, C-130 and A400M air lifters.

HMS Defender Visits Istanbul

FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.Ş. is a Turkish joint venture company owned 51% by Nurol Holding of Turkey and 49% by BAE Systems Inc. The company provides armoured land vehicles.

HMS Defender Visits Istanbul

Royal Dutch Shell plc, commonly known as Shell, is a British-Dutch multinational oil and gas company headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands, and incorporated in the United Kingdom as a public limited company. The company provides energy to marine and aviation customers.

Vodafone Group plc is a British multinational telecommunications company. Its registered office and global headquarters are in Newbury, Berkshire, England.

Caterpillar Inc. is an American Fortune 100 corporation that designs, develops, engineers, manufactures, markets, and sells machinery, engines, financial products, and insurance to customers via a worldwide dealer network. It is the world’s largest construction equipment manufacturer. Caterpillar UK provides a CV12-6A V12 diesel engine for Challenger 2 tanks via Perkins Engines Company Limited, a subsidiary of Caterpillar. It also manufactures marine engines.

HMS Defender Visits Istanbul

Inmarsat is a British satellite telecommunications company offering global mobile services. It provides telephone and data services to users worldwide via portable or mobile terminals, which communicate with ground stations through fourteen geostationary telecommunications satellites.

Leonardo is a global company in Aerospace, Defence and Security based in İtaly. In addition, the company has Leonardo UK, which provides solutions on the sea, air, land, cybersecurity and space domains.

Thales Group is a French multinational company that designs and builds electrical systems and provides services for the aerospace, defence, transportation and security markets. Thales in the UK engages with suppliers and supply chains from around the world.

BAE Systems plc is British multinational arms, security, and aerospace company. Its headquarters are in London and Farnborough in the United Kingdom, with operations worldwide. It owns Turkish joint venture FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.Ş., with Nurol Holding.

Royal Navy’s last visit to Istanbul was in January 2019 with HMS Echo.

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