The affiliation with the HMS Defender means that Land Rover will supply a Defender off-road vehicle for the use of the Royal Navy, whilst its members are on dry land.
Company representatives from Land Rover will be amongst the guests attending the official commissioning ceremony at the HM Naval Base in Portsmouth – the home port of the Type 45 destroyer.
This new affiliation is not only inspired by the common spirit of inner strength and adventure, but also more obviously by the shared name: ‘Defender’.
The HMS Defender is the Royal Navy’s fifth warship of its name, whilst the roots of the current generation Land Rover Defender can be traced back to the original Land Rover in 1948.
The two machines are fine examples of British engineering, with the warship being built at the Govan shipyard, on the River Clyde, in Scotland, whilst the Land Rover Defender was produced at the company’s plant in Solihull, West Midlands.
Mark Cameron, Land Rover Brand Experience Director – Global Marketing, commented: ‘We are proud of our Land Rover Defender as an expression of what Land Rover has stood for for more than 60 years, and in the same spirit we are also proud of our new association with HMS Defender and her servicemen and women.’
Cameron further added: ‘Our affiliation reflects shared values and heritage that represents the best of Britain on the world stage. We look forward to sharing experiences and friendship in the future as HMS Defender takes up her duties.’
Also reflecting on the affiliation was HMS Defender Commanding Officer, Commander Nash, who said: ‘The Commissioning of HMS Defender is hugely significant day in this state of the art warship’s life – it marks the point at which building and testing the ship finishes and frontline service in the Fleet begins.’
Nash continued: ‘It is also important to recognise that for the 190 women and men that make up my ship’s company this day of Commissioning represents the culmination of months and years of hard work, of training, trials and practice focussed on ensuring that Defender is ready to undertake operations around the world whenever tasked.
‘We are extremely proud of our achievement and would like to thank our partners in British industries for their assistance in reaching this goal. Land Rover has lent great support for the staging of the ceremonial event today and on behalf of My Ship’s Company and guests I would like to pass our sincere thanks for that assistance.’
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