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Land Rover has announced a new partnership with the Royal Navy’s latest warship the HMS Defender.
As part of the relationship, Land Rover is supplying one of its very own Defenders for the warship’s personnel to use when on dry land.
The affiliation is an unsurprising one, given the name the two wholly different forms of transport share. Both have a long history too, with the HMS Defender the fifth Royal Navy warship to be given that name, while the Land Rover Defender dating back to the very first Land Rover, which was released in 1948.
Both are products of British engineering too, with the warship constructed at Govan shipyard on the River Clyde in Scotland and the Land Rover at a factory in Solihull, near Birmingham. What’s more, they both have been designed with the ability to withstand and overcome the toughest environments in the world, as well as having the common spirit of inner strength and adventure at their hearts.
“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.” said Mark Cameron, Land Rover brand experience director - global marketing.
Commander Nash, the HMS Defender commanding officer added that the commissioning of the warship is a monumental day as it moves from the building and testing phase to frontline duties.
“[It is] 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 focused on ensuring that Defender is ready to undertake operations around the world whenever tasked,” he said.
Commander Nash went on to thank Land Rover support in the ceremonial event at the HM Naval Base in Portsmouth, which was attended by company representatives from the vehicle manufacturer.