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HMS Defender takes to the Clyde


Thousands of people attended the launch of the Royal Navy's latest Type 45 destroyer on the River Clyde.

HMS Defender is the fifth of six ships commissioned to replace the existing fleet of Type 42 destroyers.

With a price tag of £605m, each of the 150m-long vessels weighs about 7,350 tonnes and is designed to provide air defence cover.


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