This is a highly versatile and capable warship so we will be undertaking a variety of roles once we deploy. HMS Diamond will escort partners though some of the world’s hot spots such as the Bab el-Mandeb strait near Yemen, we will also undertake defence engagement activities and exercise with foreign navies and of course we remain ready to complete any warfighting duties should we be called upon.

Commander Ben Keith

The destroyer left her home port to cheering crowds on the Round Tower and received a flypast from a Wildcat helicopter based with 815 Naval Air Squadron in Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton.

Commodore Peter Sparkes, Commodore Portsmouth Flotilla said it was a busy time for Portsmouth ships with a high operational drumbeat of activity.

“It is a really busy time for Portsmouth Naval Base and for the Portsmouth Flotilla at the moment,” he said. “We have just received HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Duncan sailed a few months ago and now HMS Diamond is deploying for a nine-month deployment in the Gulf.

“And then there is a huge range of daily UK-based flotilla activity as well as the beginning of the preparations to receive our second carrier – HMS Prince of Wales.”

HMS Diamond is the third of the highly capable Type 45 air defence destroyers and one of the most advanced warships in the world. She has a ship’s company of 260 personnel and is based at Portsmouth Naval Base.

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