Portsmouth-based HMS Defender prepares for voyage

HMS Defender

HMS Defender

Army reserves from 295 Battery in Hilsea held a free PT session on Southsea Common Picture: Sarah Standing (160729-9518)

Portsmouth’s army reservists are a key asset

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SAILORS serving on board HMS Defender will say farewell to Portsmouth on Monday as the Type 45 destroyer leaves on her second major deployment.

The ship will spend nine months in the Middle East taking over from sister ship HMS Duncan.

Commanding officer Commander Stephen Higham said: ‘We are ready to undertake missions across the military spectrum ranging from counter piracy and disaster relief to defence engagement and high-intensity war fighting.

‘We will be working closely with our coalition partners and allies and playing a key role in promoting Britain’s interests overseas and keeping our country safe.’

The ship’s physical training instructor Leading Hand Timothy Scrivener said: ‘Although nine months is a long time to be away we know that the work the ship is doing is important and helps keep the country and our families at home safe.’

The ship will carry Royal Navy and Royal Marine boarding parties.

Defender is expected to pass the Round Tower at 10.10am.

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