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Defender completes her first sea trials

Defender, the Navy's fifth state-of-the-art Type 45 destroyer, has successfully completed her first set of sea trials, with her speed, manoeuvrability, sensors and weapons having been tested over three weeks off Scotland.

The £1bn warship is the fifth of six built for the Royal Navy, and following the trials has now returned to the BAE Systems yard in Scotstoun, Glasgow, where she was built.

Thanks to the progress made with her four older sisters - Daring, Dauntless, Diamond and Dragon, all now in the hands of the Royal Navy - her maiden voyage was the shortest of the Type 45 destroyer programme to date.

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