HMS Diamond

HMS Diamond

A jewel in the naval crown, HMS Diamond is the third of the highly capable Type 45 air defence destroyers. The ship played a central role in the Diamond Jubilee celebration in 2012.

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Highly visible when alongside in Portsmouth with her tall mast, Diamond's sleek lines are designed for stealth at sea, appearing virtually invisible on enemy radar. Packing cutting-edge military sensors and a range of potent weapons systems, Diamond is ready to detect and destroy any airborne, surface and sub surface threat.

First declared operational in the summer of 2011, the ship's company completed rigorous training before deploying successful to the Middle East for six months.

The Ship deployed again in January 2014; originally planned to return to the Gulf, the Ship was re-tasked en route to conduct Op RECSYR which stands for the REmoval of Chemical weapons from SRYia.

During this deployment the 8,000 tonne ship operated primarily in the Eastern Mediterranean as part of a Danish-led Danish, Norwegian and British Task Group; her role was to provide protection to the Task Group which included the Ro-Ros carrying the chemical weapons from Syria to their ultimate destination for destruction.

Her motto befits her name: honor clarissima gemma – honour is the brightest jewel.

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.

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Unit History

The first battle honours1588

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.

The first1652

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 Honours1652

Kentish Knock 1652

Battle Honours1653

Portland 1653
Gabbard 1653
Scheveningen 1653

Battle Honours1665

Lowestoft 1665

Battle Honours1666

Four Days Battle 1666
Orfordness 1666

Battle Honours1672

Sole Bay 1672

Battle Honours1673

Schooneveld 1673
Texel 1673

Battle Honours1854

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.

Battle Honours1940

Spartivento 1940

Battle Honours1941

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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Commanding Officer Marcus Hember

Hember

Rank: Commander

Cdr Hember joined the Royal Navy in 1996. He took command of HMS Diamond on the 20th January 2015.

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Motto

honor clarissima gemma – honour is the brightest jewel.

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Fact

Displacement: 8,000 tonnes; Length: 152m; Beam: 21.2m; Complement: 190

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