HMS Defender’s doughnut

SKILL HMS Defender tests her mobility during training off the south coast of England. Pictures: LA(Phot) Caroline Davies
SKILL HMS Defender tests her mobility during training off the south coast of England. Pictures: LA(Phot) Caroline Davies
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IT’S usually a move pulled by stunt car drivers.

But this ‘doughnut’ was made by HMS Defender during a training exercise between the Royal Navy and the RAF off the coast of south west England.

TEAMWORK Eurofighter Typhoons train with HMS Defender

TEAMWORK Eurofighter Typhoons train with HMS Defender

The Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer was paired with Eurofighter Typhoons from the RAF’s II Squadron to hone their air-maritime skills.

HMS Defender and II (AC) Sqn put the Army’s 16 Air Defence regiment through their paces in a series of exercises where they had to defend the UK’s shore.

Royal Navy Fighter Controllers on board the warship controlled the Typhoon jets, allowing the two services to test how they would work together on live operations.

HMS Defender is the fifth in class of the Royal Navy’s Type 45 Destroyers and is based in Portsmouth.

TRAILING The Type 45 destroyer makes waves

TRAILING The Type 45 destroyer makes waves

Primarily an air defence warship, she is able to defend against fighter aircraft or drones as well as highly manoeuvrable, sea skimming anti-ship missiles which travel at supersonic speeds.