HMS Diamond

The UK Royal Navy’s Daring-class air-defence destroyer HMS Diamond has successfully completed six weeks of operational sea training off the coast of Plymouth, UK.

The training is designed to assess the operational readiness of the naval vessel and troops for front-line duties, ranging from destroying airborne threats to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.

It also marks an end to eight months of trials, training, instruction and assessment, which are performed after a destroyer undergoes a comprehensive maintenance and upgrade package.

"I am very proud of the amazing Type 45 technology in HMS Diamond, but what I am even more proud of is my amazing team of sailors."

HMS Diamond commanding officer commander Marcus Hember said: "Of course, I am very proud of the amazing Type 45 technology in HMS Diamond, but what I am even more proud of is my amazing team of sailors.

"To see them flourish in this high tempo training environment has been a great experience and I am confident they are ready for anything."

HMS Diamond is the third of six Type 45 air defence destroyers and is designed to be capable of conducting stealth operations at sea.

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The vessel is equipped with advanced military sensors and a range of potent weapons systems, which enable Diamond to detect and terminate any airborne, surface and sub surface threat.

Constructed by BAE systems and launched in 2007, Diamond was deployed in the Middle East Area of Operations in 2012, and had been a part of Operation Recsyr in February 2014.

Currently, the destroyer is attached to the UK’s new Joint Expeditionary Force (Maritime) (JEF M), which can deploy anywhere in the world within five days of notice.

Image: An aircraft aboard HMS Diamond. Photo: courtesy of Royal Navy.