British war ship in Sri Lanka boost for defence ties

HMS Defender is a Type 45 Destroyer, built in the United Kingdom and is one of the world’s most advanced warships. The British High Commission said the Ship’s visit now is a welcome signal of the closer defence relations the two countries are developing. She is equipped with the Principal Anti Air Missile weapon system, a medium-range gun, close-in weapon systems and carries a maritime helicopter that is equipped to engage surface and sub-surface targets.While in Sri Lanka the Ship’s company will meet with counterparts from the Sri Lankan Navy and also play them at selected sports. (Colombo Gazette) The British war ship HMS Defender is paying a routine visit to Colombo to take on stores and fuel before continuing with her duties in the Indian Ocean.This is the first time in four years that a RN warship has visited Sri Lanka, a country with which the United Kingdom shares a long military history, the British High Commission in Colombo said.

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