Exeter Air Cadets visit city’s Warship
Cadets and Staff from 13 (City of Exeter) Squadron Air Training Corps recently travelled to Devonport Dockyard in Plymouth to visit their affiliated Warship, the Type 45 Destroyer HMS Defender. Defender is also affiliated with the City of Exeter following the retirement of HMS Exeter in 2009 and was granted the Freedom of the City in 2014. Taking advantage of the ship visiting Plymouth from her home port of Portsmouth, the Wyvern Barracks based Cadets enjoyed a 2 hour tour including: The Operations room, Bridge, upper deck, weapons systems, galley and hangar (including a Lynx Helicopter).
HMS Defender weighs 8000 tonnes, has a crew of 190, is 152 meters long and can operate helicopters up to the size of a Chinook, but it is still extremely stealthy with the radar signature apparently the size of a small fishing boat. The Cadets had a chance to meet with members of the Crew during their time on board and were even treated to tea and biscuits in the Wardroom. 13 Sqn is the only one of the ATC’s 920 Squadrons to be twinned with a major RN surface vessel. We enjoy an active relationship with the ship, in 2013 our Staff members attended its Commissioning into the Royal Navy at Portsmouth. The Sqn receives regular news updates about the Ship. Last year we received news about its maiden deployment to the Middle East.
Squadron Commanding Officer Fight Lieutenant Louise Jordan said “The Cadets thoroughly enjoyed their visit to HMS Defender and we look forward to continuing our relationship with her”.