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        HMS Diamond

        HMS Diamond

        HMS Diamond is the third of Britain's fleet of six Type 45 destroyers. Launched on the Clyde by our sponsor, Lady Johns, in November 2007, the ship arrived in Portsmouth in the autumn of 2010 and was commissioned in the spring of 2011. She deployed in June 2012 on her maiden deployment to the Gulf and was the last RN ship home before Christmas.

        honor clarissima gemma – Honour is the brightest jewel

        Ship's Motto
        Diamond conducts a sail past of Monmouth

        Diamond was formally declared operational in the summer of 2011, her ship's company underwent rigorous training before subsequently deploying to the Middle East for six months.

        Her motto befits her name: honor clarissima gemma – honour is the brightest jewel – and, appropriately enough, she played a leading role in the 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

        She is proud to be affiliated with the cities of Coventry and Aberdeen, and with the Livery Companies the Worshipful Company of Barbers and the Worshipful Company of Playing Card Makers.

        COMMANDING OFFICER

        Andy Ingham

        Andy Ingham
        RANK:
        Commander
        JOINED:
        1997
        SPECIALISATION:
        Warfare
        PREVIOUS UNITS:
        HMS Cattistock, HMS Middleton
        Military experience

        Andy Ingham was educated at Monmouth Haberdashers School and went on to read Mechanical Engineering at Southampton University before joining the Royal Navy in 1997 as a Marine Engineering Young Officer. After initial training at BRNC Dartmouth, in HMS Invincible and at HMS Sultan, he transferred to the Warfare Branch and underwent further professional training at HMS Dryad before his first assignment as Navigating Officer of the Hunt Class Minesweeper HMS Chiddingfold in 2000.

        Further navigation assignments saw deployments to the Baltic, Mediterranean and Far East in HMS Nottingham and Cornwall. His time navigating preceded a spell ashore that included Staff and Warfare training, after which he returned to sea as a Principal Warfare and Operations Officer, deploying to the Middle East and South Atlantic with HMS Chatham.

        This assignment also saw a number of high profile ceremonial duties culminating in a 21 gun salute as Royal Escort to HM the Queen at the ‘Trafalgar 200’ commemorations.

        After qualification as an Air Warfare Officer, he spent a short period in HMS Ocean during counter drug operations in the Caribbean before continuing his assignment as the Senior Warfare Officer in HMS Edinburgh. This period saw operational deployments to the Mediterranean, Middle and Far East, and as escort with the ORION 08 multinational Task Group.

        His first shore assignment was as a Staff Officer on the Afghanistan Operations Team in the UK’s Joint Headquarters (JHQ) in Northwood. This rewarding job included a period based in the UK Brigade Headquarters in Lashkar Gah as the JHQ liaison Officer to Commander Task Force Helmand during HERRICK 11.

        From there he assumed Command of MCM2 Crew 8 conducting ‘Crew Swaps’ to maintain the presence of 4 Mine Countermeasure Vessels in the Gulf. In an 18 month period he regenerated HMS Atherstone from refit, completed an Op Kipion deployment to the Gulf in HMS Middleton, and ended his time regenerating HMS Cattistock.

        Promoted to Commander in 2012 he assumed Command of HMS Diamond in February 2013.

        Andy is a Fellow of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners and a Member of the Royal Institute of Navigation. His hobbies include playing the tenor horn within brass band circles (when called upon), sailing and hill walking; he can occasionally be seen paddling his kayak in the Solent. Andy lives in Portsmouth with his wife Maryla, a fellow Warfare Officer.


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        WEAPONS SYSTEM

        WEAPONS SYSTEM

        TYPE 45 DESTROYER
        Type 45
        • 30mm Gun
          Medium Calibre gun system
          30mm Gun

        • 30mm Gun
          Medium Calibre gun system
          30mm Gun

        • 4.5Mk8 Gun
          medium calibre weapon system
          Mk8 4.5 Gun

          If you're looking for punch and firepower, then the 4.5in main gun, found on the forecastle of all the Royal Navy's frigates and destroyers, is the most obvious provider. Even in an age of missiles, there's still a need for a weapon to pulverise enemy positions and demoralise the foe - and the 4.5in gun has done so in the Falklands and Iraq. The gun can fire up to two dozen high explosive shells weighing more than 40kg (80lbs) at targets more than a dozen miles away - and nearly 18 miles if special extended-range shells are used. In various forms, the 4.5in has been the Navy's standard medium gun since before World War 2, embodied today by the Mk8 which has been in service since the early 1970s. There are two types of Mk8 used by the Fleet. The older Mod 0 (with its curved turret), which is gradually being replaced, and the angular Mod 1 (nicknamed Kryten after the robot on the sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf) which is harder for enemy radar to pick up. The main purpose of the gun is Naval Gunfire Support – artillery bombardment of shore targets. In this role the gun is capable of firing the equivalent of a six-gun shore battery. The Mk8 can also be used effectively against surface targets at sea.

        • Lynx Mk8
          Helicopter weapons system
          Lynx Mk8

          The Lynx truly is a jack of all trades, capable to taking on enemy ships (with Sea Skua missiles), enemy submarines (with Sting Ray torpedoes or depth charges), and smaller surface targets courtesy of machine-gun pods or sniper rifles. It can carry a Royal Marines boarding team, who abseil rapidly down ropes on to ships below, and regularly conducts surveillance and reconnaissance missions using its dazzling array of sensors, cameras and recording equipment. The Lynx is the backbone of the Fleet Air Arm and front-line operations by the frigate and destroyer fleets, operating over the ice of Antarctica and the sands of the Gulf, the expanse of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, the confines of the Strait of Gibraltar or English Channel

        • Phalanx
          Short range machine gun
          Short range machine gun

          Throwing up an impenetrable wall of fire, Phalanx is one of the deadly last lines of defence for Britain's warships. It is fitted to Type 42 and Type 45 destroyers and Bay, Wave and Fort Victoria-class ships in the RFA Capable of engaging targets around one mile away, Phalanx is a radar-controlled Gatling gun which fires 20mm shells, spewing out 3,000 rounds a minute. Like Goalkeeper, it is designed to engage incoming enemy aircraft and missiles if they penetrated a ship or task group's outer ring of defences such as Sea Viper or Sea Dart. During Operation Telic, Phalanx guns were removed from ships and were crewed by sailors defending Basra airport, the hub of British operations in southern Iraq. The guns saw extensive action against incoming rockets and mortars fired by insurgents.

        • Phalanx
          Short range machine gun
          Short range machine gun

          Throwing up an impenetrable wall of fire, Phalanx is one of the deadly last lines of defence for Britain's warships. It is fitted to Type 42 and Type 45 destroyers and Bay, Wave and Fort Victoria-class ships in the RFA Capable of engaging targets around one mile away, Phalanx is a radar-controlled Gatling gun which fires 20mm shells, spewing out 3,000 rounds a minute. Like Goalkeeper, it is designed to engage incoming enemy aircraft and missiles if they penetrated a ship or task group's outer ring of defences such as Sea Viper or Sea Dart. During Operation Telic, Phalanx guns were removed from ships and were crewed by sailors defending Basra airport, the hub of British operations in southern Iraq. The guns saw extensive action against incoming rockets and mortars fired by insurgents.

        • Sea Viper
          Surface to Air missile system
          Sea viper

          Sea Viper is the punch of the Type 45 destroyers, the very reason the ships exist - and the reason why that main mast is so tall. The missile provides all-round defence – not just for the destroyer but for an entire naval task group - against all aerial threats some 70 miles away. It races towards its target at speeds in excess of Mach Four (over 3,000mph) using a series of tiny jets to manoeuvre, carrying out sharp turns at G forces no human could endure. The system comprises Sampson radar (the spinning egg atop the Type 45’s main mast), a Combat Management System, long-range radar, the Sylver missile-launching system on the destroyer's forecastle and Aster 15 and Aster 30 missiles with ranges up to 20 and 75 miles respectively. Until January 28 2009 – the date of the arrival of the first Type 45, HMS Daring, in Portsmouth – Sea Viper was known as PAAMS: Principal Anti-Air Missile System. The missiles were tested at France's missile range, the Centre d’Essais de Lancement des Missiles on Île du Levant, off Toulon, using a special trials barge, Longbow, before the first successful firing from Type 45. That came off the Outer Hebrides in September 2010 at the Benbecula ranges, where HMS Dauntless successfully shot down a drone target.

        ABOUT THE UNIT

        KEY STATISTICS


        Pennant

        D34

        Displacement

        8,000tonnes

        Complement

        190personnel

        Length

        152Metres

        Beam

        21.2metres

        Draught

        5.3metres

        Top Speed

        30+knots

        Range (Nautical)

        7,000nautical miles

        Launch Date

        27/11/07

        Commissioned date

        06/05/11

        Length of Cable Aboard

        380Miles

        TAKE A LOOK

        HMS Diamond

        UNITS IN TIME


        HMS Diamond HISTORY

        TRACK THE HISTORY OF SHIPS NAMED HMS Diamond
        • The first battle honours

          Ships with of this name have been in service of the crown for over 400 years, with at least 14 and possibly 16 in total. Armada 1588 - This honour was awarded as a merchant vessel

        • Battle Honours

          Kentish Knock 1652

        • The first

          The first warship to bear the name was a 40-gun frigate commissioned in 1652. She earned the several battle honours before being lost in 1693.

        • Battle Honours

          Portland 1653 Gabbard 1653 Scheveningen 1653

        • Battle Honours

          Lowestoft 1665

        • Battle Honours

          Four Days Battle 1666 Orfordness 1666

        • Battle Honours

          Sole Bay 1672

        • Battle Honours

          Schooneveld 1673 Texel 1673

        • Battle Honours

          Crimea 1854-55

        • 1931

          The thirteenth Diamond was commissioned in 1931 and saw extensive action in WW II before being sunk by German aircraft in 1941 while assisting in the evacuation of Allied troops from Greece

        • Battle Honours

          Spartivento 1940

        • Battle Honours

          Mediterranean 1941 Malta Convoys 1941 Greece 1941

        • 1950

          The penultimate Diamond was a Daring-class destroyer commissioned in 1950. She was used as a dockside training vessel from 1970 before being sold in 1980

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