HMS Diamond is proud to be doing her part to protect the UK area of interest by monitoring the Russian vessel Yantar on its transit.

Commander Ben Keith

The Russian vessel Yantar is a specialist reconnaissance ship which carries two unmanned submersible vehicles, which can descend to the sea bed and send back images as well as collecting items from the bottom of the ocean.

HMS Diamond left Portsmouth in thick fog on Wednesday evening (30 May 18) in readiness to meet the Russian vessel, taking over from a French Navy ship which had monitored the Yantar’s progress through the Bay of Biscay.

As a high-readiness unit, HMS Diamond may be called upon at any time to help prevent arms trafficking, people smuggling, conduct counter-terrorism operations, maritime search and rescue, or escort duties like those she is undertaking today.