British war ship in Sri Lanka, boost for defence ties

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.

The British High Commission said the Ship’s visit now is a welcome signal of the closer defence relations the two countries are developing.

HMS Defender is a Type 45 Destroyer, built in the United Kingdom and is one of the world’s most advanced warships.

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)