Captain’s pride in new warship

ON THE MOVE HMS Defender passes the steam paddle boat Waverley en route to her home port of Portsmouth
ON THE MOVE HMS Defender passes the steam paddle boat Waverley en route to her home port of Portsmouth

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THE captain of HMS Defender has told of his pride as he prepares to bring the Royal Navy’s new £1bn warship home to Portsmouth tomorrow.

The Type 45 destroyer is set to pass the Round Tower in Old Portsmouth at about 9.15am.

‘This is a very proud moment for me and my ship’s company as we depart for Portsmouth for the first time,’ said Commander Philip Nash as his new warship left BAE Systems’ yard on the Clyde, dwarfing the Waverley steam paddle boat on the way out to sea.

Paul Rafferty, who is Type 45 programme director at BAE Systems, said: ‘Watching her leave the Clyde was a proud moment for the teams involved in her design and build over the past four years.’