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, returning to the Gulf to support the UK's commitment to maritime security in the region.

During this deployment the 8,000 tonne ship will team up with international coalition task forces to conduct counter-piracy, counter terrorism and regional engagement tasking, standing ready to respond to any additional duties in the area including humanitarian or disaster relief operations. 

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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HMS Diamond completes Syria chemical weapons mission

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Current operation Operation Recsyr

The Danish, Norwegian and British Task Group works alongside a Russian and Chinese Task Group to provide maritime force protection to the Danish and Norwegian merchant vessels tasked with transporting the chemical substances and weapons out of Syria for destruction.

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    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth

Preventing conflict

The Royal Navy’s presence on the world stage sends a powerful message that the UK is committed to global affairs and provides a stabilising influence. In this way we prevent conflict on the high seas and protect the flow of international trade on which our nation depends.  

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

Location Mediterranean

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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 Andy Ingham

Andy Ingham

Rank: Commander

Cdr Andy Ingham joined the Royal Navy in 1997 as a Marine Engineering Young Officer. Promoted to Commander in 2012 he assumed Command of HMS Diamond in February 2013.

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Motto

honor clarissima gemma – honour is the brightest jewel.

815 Naval Air Squadron

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Portsmouth

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Fact

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

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