HMS Diamond

HMS Diamond

A jewel in the naval crown, HMS Diamond is the third of the highly capable Type 45 air defence destroyers and one of the most advanced warships in the world.

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Nearly as tall as Nelson’s Column, 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 successfully 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 (REmoval of Chemical weapons from SRYia). 

On her return to the UK, Diamond undertook an intensive maintenance and upgrade period before undertaking a period of sea running in and around the UK testing her enhanced systems. 

Most recently, Diamond completed the demanding Operational Sea Training package in June 2016 and is now validated as the UK’s standby Destroyer ready to deploy globally in response to world events.

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.

Diamond shines as she readies for front-line duties again

Diamond shines as she readies for front-line duties again

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Diamond commemorates anniversary of Battle of Jutland

Diamond commemorates anniversary of Battle of Jutland

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HMS Diamond the backdrop for Invictus Team preparation

HMS Diamond the backdrop for Invictus Team preparation

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Current operation Fleet Ready Escort

The Fleet Ready Escort is at short notice to react to any maritime threat to the UK including terrorism and smuggling of arms or narcotics and the like. The Fleet Ready Escort will spend the majority of the year in and around UK waters conducting training and exercises with various UK and military agencies and organisations.

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    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

Protecting our economy

Maritime trade is the lifeblood of the UK economy and industry. 95% of Britain’s economic activity depends on the oceans. And every year Britain imports goods worth £524 billion.

The UK is so dependent on the seas for its prosperity, that without the Royal Navy acting as a deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

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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

Marcus Hember

Rank: Commander

Marcus Hember joined the Royal Navy as a Naval College Entrant Seaman Officer in 1996. Commander Hember took command of HMS Diamond on 20 January 2015.

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Motto

honor clarissima gemma – honour is the brightest jewel.

815 Naval Air Squadron

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Fact

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

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