HMS Defender and Eurofighter Typhoons train to hone air-maritime skills

29 June 2015 (Last Updated June 29th, 2015 18:30)

The UK Royal Navy's Type 45 Daring-class air-defence destroyer HMS Defender and Eurofighter Typhoons from the RAF's II (AC) Squadron have undergone joint training to enhance air-maritime skills.

HMS Defender

The UK Royal Navy's Type 45 Daring-class air-defence destroyer HMS Defender and Eurofighter Typhoons from the RAF's II (AC) Squadron have undergone joint training to enhance air-maritime skills.

Conducted off the South West coast, the maritime exercise saw Royal Navy fighter controllers onboard HMS Defender controlling the Typhoon jets to practise joint operations.

HMS Defender and II (AC) Squadron also included the Army's 16 Air Defence regiment in a series of exercises, under the control of Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST).

FOST captain south David Dominy said: "Working in partnership with the RAF and army allows FOST to maintain the world-class sea training that is globally recognised.

"The integration of II (AC) Squadron into our exercises has allowed HMS Defender and the squadron to hone their fighting edge."

Eurofighter Typhoon is a foreplane delta-wing, beyond-visual-range, close air fighter aircraft with surface attack capability.

"The integration of II (AC) Squadron into our exercises has allowed HMS Defender and the squadron to hone their fighting edge."

This single-seat fighter jet is capable of operating up to a maximum height of 55,000ft, with a top speed of up to 1.8Ma.

Commissioned on 21 March 2013, HMS Defender is the fifth in class of the Royal Navy's Type 45 Destroyers.

The vessel is capable of defending against targets, such as fighter aircraft or drones, as well as highly manoeuvrable sea skimming anti-ship missiles travelling at supersonic speeds.

HMS Defender, based in Portsmouth, is also capable of operating a Chinook-sized helicopter from its main deck.


Image: The UK Royal Navy's destroyer HMS Defender during the maritime exercise. Photo: courtesy of UK Royal Navy.