One of the Royal Navy’s most advanced warships is supporting US forces as they launch airstrikes against Islamic State militants.

HMS Defender is using its hi-tech air defence weapons to protect US Navy aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush and her aircraft as they carry out bombing missions against IS targets, the Ministry of Defence said.

The Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer is using its air defence radar and Sea Viper missile system as part of an “umbrella” of support for the Nimitz class aircraft carrier and its escort ships as they patrol the Gulf. […]