Posted on March 7, 2019
The Type 45 destroyer was called upon to sail over the weekend and keep watch on the frigate Admiral Gorshkov and three auxiliary ships as they passed close to UK territorial waters.
HMS Defender left Newcastle on Saturday to head north-east of Scotland to meet the Russian task group in time for them to pass British coastline on Tuesday.
The group comprises of the frigate Admiral Gorshkov, tug Nicolay Chiker, supply ship Elbrus and tanker Kama.
Commander Richard Hewitt, the Commanding Officer of HMS Defender, said: “The security of the seas around our coastline remains crucial to our national interests. Escorting the Admiral Gorshkov has demonstrated the Royal Navy’s enduring commitment to protecting our home waters and readiness to undertake such tasking whenever it’s required.”
As a fleet unit preparing to deploy on operations, HMS Defender is tasked with short notice tasks, including search and rescue duties and maritime security patrols.
HMS Defender is equipped with a Wildcat helicopter from 815 Naval Air Squadron.