HMS Defender arriving on the Clyde
Scotland

Royal Navy Destroyer Returns Home To Glasgow

HMS Defender arrived on the Clyde for a five-day visit.

HMS Defender arriving on the Clyde

HMS Defender arriving on the Clyde (Picture: Royal Navy)

Just a mile down river from where she was built, Type 45 Destroyer HMS Defender came home to Glasgow for an affiliation visit.

Berthed at Govan's King George V Docks, she welcomed 4000 ticket holders along on the Sunday of the visit. The public had the opportunity to tour the high-tech vessel and chat to members of the 190-strong crew.

Commander Richard Hewitt
Commanding Officer of HMS Defender, Commander Richard Hewitt

Commanding Officer of HMS Defender, Commander Richard Hewitt said: "It is always a special visit to the home town of a ship, and Glasgow is no exception.

"The ship's company of HMS Defender has been eagerly awaiting this visit which has given us a fantastic opportunity to not only renew links with local organisations and affiliates, but also to meet members of the local community.

"The visit is not only a home town visit, but it is also the place where HMS Defender was built and launched, making this visit truly unique."

Listen to Forces Radio BFBS Scotland's Jim Gellatly speaking to Commander Richard Hewitt and Chief Petty Officer Greg Robertson:

HMS Defender was recently deployed to escort a Russian naval task group as the frigate Admiral Gorshkov and three auxiliary ships moved through international waters off the UK coastline.

After her visit to Glasgow, the ship will participate in Exercise Joint Warrior off the west coast of Scotland.