Video charts life on HMS Defender

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THERE is never a dull moment on board a Royal Navy warship – as the ship’s company of HMS Defender will surely agree.

The Portsmouth-based warship’s on board photographer captured these images during the Type 45 destroyer’s maiden deployment to the Gulf this year.

MISSION A fighter jet leaves the flight deck of the USS George HW Bush as HMS Defender, in the background, protects the airspace around the task group''Picture: LA(Phot) Dan Rosenbaum

MISSION A fighter jet leaves the flight deck of the USS George HW Bush as HMS Defender, in the background, protects the airspace around the task group''Picture: LA(Phot) Dan Rosenbaum

And now the ship is back alongside in Portsmouth, the ship’s company has put together a video documenting life on board as they took part in maritime security operations in the Middle East.

Over the course of their six-month deployment to the Gulf, Leading Photographer Dan Rosenbaum created a video that takes the viewer on a rollercoaster ride through the deployment.

He also took these pictures to summarise their time at sea.

The images feature boarding exercises, joint operations with the US Navy, land-based movements and general sea navigation.

The video shows the same, set to the beat of the Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club chant – as Exeter is one of Defender’s affiliated cities.

LA(Phot) Rosenbaum said: ‘It was a busy deployment for the ship and that helped us gather a lot of footage, the tricky part was trying to whittle that down to a three-minute clip.

‘It’s not often that we get the chance to document what operational life is really all about on board and I hope that our video gives the viewer a short taste of life in the Royal Navy.’

HMS Defender returned home to Portsmouth earlier this month after spending six months on high-intensity operations in the Gulf.

As revealed by The News earlier this year, the ship spent part of her deployment supporting a US-led carrier task group which was conducting air strikes in the fight against Isil in Iraq.

As a result she spent part of her time in the Gulf supporting the US aircraft carriers USS George HW Bush and USS Carl Vinson.

It was the ship’s maiden deployment and she visited the majority of the Gulf States including Oman, Qatar, the UAE and Bahrain.

Hundreds of friends and family welcomed the ship back home.

The ship’s company of HMS Defender missed Christmas with their families last year after being called up to track a Russian naval task group which passed near the coast of the UK.

They left Portsmouth on December 19 and did not return until January 9.