UK to Receive Anti-Air Warfare Destroyer

21 September 2010 (Last Updated September 21st, 2010 18:30)

The UK Royal Navy will receive HMS Diamond, the third Type 45 anti-air warfare destroyer built by BAE Systems, on 22 September. The £1bn ($1.5bn) vessel will undergo final trials before being commissioned next year, according to the Daily Record. The Type 45 destroyers

The UK Royal Navy will receive HMS Diamond, the third Type 45 anti-air warfare destroyer built by BAE Systems, on 22 September.

The £1bn ($1.5bn) vessel will undergo final trials before being commissioned next year, according to the Daily Record.

The Type 45 destroyers can perform a wide range of operations that include anti-piracy and anti-smuggling activities, disaster-relief work, surveillance operations and high-intensity war fighting.

The vessel can also engage in a number of targets simultaneously, and can defend aircraft carriers and ships from powerful future threats from the air.

The vessels will contribute specialist air warfare capability to joint operations until 2040.

BAE is under a contract to deliver six Type 45 destroyers to the navy by the end of 2013.