The Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender opened her gangway to a group of Royal Air Force Air Cadets who enjoyed a tour of one of the Royal Navy's latest Destroyers.
The Air Cadets from Nuneaton and other local units within the Warwickshire & Birmingham area where spending a week on board HMS Bristol a type 82 Destroyer which was originally launched in 1969 and they were delighted to get the opportunity of a tour of the latest and most sophisticated addition to the Royal Navy's fleet.
HMS Defender D36 is the fifth of the Navy's six state-of-the-art Type 45 destroyers and has recently been delivered to her home port in Portsmouth and acceptance into the Fleet in March 2013, she is now undergoing extensive sea trials and training of her crew in order to bring herself up to full operational readiness in order undertake duties anywhere in the world when tasked.
Type 45 destroyers are the most advanced warships ever built. Their mission is to shield the Fleet from air attack using the Sea Viper missile The 45s can also be used as general-purpose warships; they have huge flight decks to accommodate helicopters up to the size of a Chinook.
During their tour of HMS Defender the cadets were hugely impressed by the state of the art technology and capability of the new type 45, but the one thing they all agreed on was that in comparison with HMS Bristol (the ship they were staying on for the week) the ship's company, of HMS Defender could enjoy ‘creature comforts' and accommodation only dreamed of by their forebears.
Flt Lt Paul Hincks who accompanied the cadets said, The crew of HMS Defender who showed us around the ship were most welcoming and only to willing to show us that they were truly proud of their ship. The cadets were very interested in the impressive capability of HMS Defender and we were all delighted to have been able to meet members of the crew”.