HMS Defender completes successful weapons trials

HMS Defender fires a Sea Viper missile during trials in the Atlantic
HMS Defender fires a Sea Viper missile during trials in the Atlantic
Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson. Pictute: LPhot Ioan Roberts

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THE Portsmouth-based HMS Defender has shown her strength by successfully firing her main weapon.

The Type-45 destroyer fired a Sea Viper missile in trials in the Atlantic, smashing a remote-controlled drone flying at more than 600mph out of the sky.

As the Royal Navy’s main shield against air attack, the Sea Viper can hone in on its target at four times the speed of sound.

Chief Petty Officer Engineering Technician (Weapon Engineer) David ‘Nobby’ Hall said: ‘This is the highlight of my naval career and the culmination of months of hard work for my section. It has been really pleasing to put years of training into action.’

Defender is the fifth destroyer of her type and is now ready for deployment.