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Glasgow’s Affiliation With Royal Navy’s Fifth Type 45 Destroyer, HMS Defender, Officially Announced

The Royal Navy’s top officer in Scotland, Rear Admiral Martin Alabaster, today visited Glasgow to announce the city’s affiliation with HMS Defender.

Still in build at BVT Surface Fleet’s Clyde yards, HMS Defender is a brand new Type 45 destroyer, which will bristle with ultra modern technology, and is due to be launched in October this year.

Glasgow, as a maritime city linked with exploration and commercial prowess, has a proud naval heritage – one which the Royal Navy hopes will continue for decades to come, strengthened by this affiliation.

The city is one where Royal Navy ships receive a warm welcome and great support when visiting and this announcement of the affiliation cements this already strong relationship.

“The Royal Navy is honoured that the Lord Provost of Glasgow Bob Winter has formally accepted this affiliation with HMS Defender today on behalf of the City of Glasgow,” said Rear Admiral Martin Alabaster, Flag Officer Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland. “It has been my great pleasure to visit here today and be able to announce this exciting news.

“I am certain that the ship will enjoy a long and close association with the city, which will build great pride within those who serve on board HMS Defender.

“I hope, too, that the people of Glasgow will feel pride in their ship and take an active interest in her operations and community involvement, whether that be at home or in foreign waters.”

Glasgow’s Lord Provost Bob Winter fully endorsed the Admiral’s announcement, saying: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to become affiliated to this great ship and I know that her build, launch and subsequent long life in the Royal Navy will be followed closely.

“The affiliation is, perhaps, all the more special, as the ship has been built in our great city.

“We look forward to welcoming HMS Defender to her adopted home in the near future and we will be sure to make her and her crew very welcome.”

HMS Defender is part of the most powerful destroyer class ever built in the UK and one of the most advanced warships in the world.

She will be equipped with a state of the art air defence system which will be able to track and destroy a target the size of a cricket ball travelling three times the speed of sound. ver 150m long, Defender will have a range of 7,000 nautical miles. 

Together with her five sister ships, HMS Defender is designed to be a flexible, multi-role vessel able to carry out a variety of tasks across the globe, from air defence to humanitarian and anti-piracy roles.

Glasgow’s previous affiliated Royal Navy ships have included HMS Glasgow, a Type 42 destroyer, and HMS Argyll, a Type 23 frigate.