HMS Defender H07

HMS Defender, a stalwart of the Royal Navy’s D-class destroyer lineage, embarked on her illustrious journey in the early 1930s, a testament to British naval prowess during an era of global tensions. Commissioned amidst a backdrop of geopolitical uncertainty, Defender swiftly earned her stripes as a reliable guardian of the seas.

Initially stationed within the formidable Mediterranean Fleet, Defender’s presence in those azure waters signaled Britain’s commitment to maintaining stability in a region rife with diplomatic complexities. However, her duties were not confined to the Mediterranean’s embrace; in 1935, she was redeployed to the distant reaches of the China Station, symbolizing Britain’s strategic interests in the Far East.

The Abyssinian Crisis of the mid-1930s saw Defender briefly thrust into the turbulent waters of the Red Sea, where she stood as a sentinel of British interests during a time of regional upheaval. Yet, her tenure in the Mediterranean and subsequent service in the China Station remained defining chapters of her early years, shaping her identity as a versatile and resilient vessel.

As the clouds of war darkened Europe’s horizon in 1939, Defender was recalled to the Mediterranean Fleet, poised to confront the looming specter of conflict. Her subsequent involvement in convoy escort duties off the West African coast underscored her adaptability in the face of evolving strategic imperatives.

The crucible of war tested Defender’s mettle in the Mediterranean theater, where she distinguished herself in several notable engagements. From the thunderous clashes of Calabria to the decisive encounters at Cape Spartivento and Cape Matapan, Defender stood resolute amidst the fury of battle, her guns blazing in defense of Allied interests.

However, it was in the crucible of adversity that Defender’s valor truly shone. During the harrowing evacuations from Greece and Crete in 1941, she exemplified the steadfast resolve of the Royal Navy, ferrying beleaguered troops to safety amidst relentless enemy fire.

Yet, fate dealt a cruel blow to Defender during a routine supply mission to Tobruk in June 1941. A German bomber’s ferocious onslaught left her battered and broken, a poignant reminder of the perils that lurked beneath the azure waves.

Despite valiant efforts to salvage her, Defender succumbed to the unforgiving embrace of the sea on July 11, 1941, her proud silhouette disappearing beneath the waves. Yet, her legacy endured, a testament to the indomitable spirit of the Royal Navy and the sacrifices made by those who sailed in her wake.

Today, the memory of HMS Defender lives on, enshrined in the annals of naval history as a symbol of courage, resilience, and unwavering dedication to duty. Though she may rest beneath the waves, her legacy remains etched in the hearts and minds of those who served aboard her, a beacon of inspiration for generations to come.

This edition print recorded on fine art stock via a large format mimeograph and generally referred to as Giclée prints of premium quality. The paper is white 100% a-cellulose with a distinct textured surface and the premium matt inkjet coating more than meets the highest industry standards vis-à-vis density, colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness, while preserving the extraordinary touch and feel of genuine art paper. The editions depicted on Iconic Reserve are not representative of scale and solely for the purpose of suggestive display.

The edition comes with a Sterling Silver anchor with a minimum millesimal fineness of 925 which is not pierced through the print but is available on request. The print is also available without the anchor on request.

Laid down: 22 - 06 - 1931
Launched: 07 - 04 - 1932
Displacement: 1,375 long tons
Length: 329 ft
Speed: 36 knots
Range: 5,870 nautical miles
Propulsion: x2 Shafts, x2 Geared steam turbines
Complement: 145
Fate: Sunk, 1941
Classification: D Class destroyer


Signed limited edition
1 of 200, 470mm x 210mm
Fine art paper 230 gsm