Portsmouth’s new Defender

DUE SOUTH HMS Defender is on her way to Portsmouth
DUE SOUTH HMS Defender is on her way to Portsmouth
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THE Royal Navy’s newest £1bn warship will be delivered to Portsmouth on Wednesday.

HMS Defender is due to pass the Round Tower in Old Portsmouth at about 8.30am.

An official welcoming ceremony will be held aboard the Type 45 destroyer in the afternoon, where shipbuilder BAE Systems will formally hand the warship over to the navy.

Defender, the fifth of six new state-of-the-art destroyers, sailed from BAE’s Scotstoun yard on Saturday morning.

Her arrival on Wednesday will follow that of her sister ships HMS Daring, HMS Dauntless, HMS Diamond and HMS Dragon.

The final Type 45, HMS Duncan, is undergoing sea trials off Scotland ahead of coming to Portsmouth next year.

The sleek 7,000-tonne vessels – billed as the world’s most-advanced warships – are replacing the navy’s old Type 42s.