HMS Diamond (D34)

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HMS Diamond 1.jpg
HMS Diamond entering Portsmouth Harbour June 2016
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Diamond
Ordered: December 2000
Builder: BAE Systems Surface Fleet Solutions
Yard number: 1063[1]
Laid down: 25 February 2005
Launched: 27 November 2007
Sponsored by: Lady Johns
Commissioned: 6 May 2011[2]
  • Honor clarissima gemma
  • ("Honour is the brightest jewel")
Status: In active service, as of 2014
Badge: Diamond Crest.JPG
General characteristics
Type: Type 45 Guided missile destroyer
Displacement: 8,000 t (7,900 long tons; 8,800 short tons)[6]
Length: 152.4 m (500 ft 0 in)
Beam: 21.2 m (69 ft 7 in)
Draught: 7.4 m (24 ft 3 in)
Installed power:
Speed: In excess of 29 kn (54 km/h; 33 mph)[8]
Range: 7,000 nautical miles (13,000 km) at 18 kn (33 km/h)
Complement: 190
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Aircraft carried:
Aviation facilities:
  • Large flight deck
  • Enclosed hangar

HMS Diamond is the third ship of the Type 45 or Daring-class air-defence destroyers built for the Royal Navy. She was launched in 2007, completed her contractor's sea trials in July 2010 and arrived at her base port on 22 September 2010. Diamond was commissioned in a traditional ceremony on 6 May 2011, and formally entered service on 12 July 2011.[13][14]


Diamond's construction began at the BAE Systems Naval Ships yard at Govan on the River Clyde in February 2005. She was launched on 27 November 2007.[15]

Sea trials[edit]

By July 2010, Diamond had been fully fitted out and finished her contractors' sea trials (stage 1 trials). She arrived in her base port of HMNB Portsmouth on 22 September 2010.[16]

Operational service[edit]

Diamond was commissioned in a traditional ceremony on 6 May 2011 in her home port of Portsmouth. The ceremony was attended by the ship's sponsor and the Commander-in-Chief Fleet Admiral Sir Trevor Soar.[17] Diamond continued undergoing sea trials until she entered operational service in July 2011 after the completion of her trials. The ship conducted operational training before commencing her first overseas deployment.[14] Diamond is commenced her deployment in the summer of 2012,[18] starting with celebrations to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.[19]

Diamond was in the Middle East Area of Operations in 2012. During Operation Recsyr in February 2014 she escorted MV Ark Futura carrying chemical agents from Syria.{{citation needed|date=May 2016}



Ship's sponsor[edit]

Official affiliations[edit]


As part of her affiliation with Coventry, Diamond will carry a cross of nails created from the remains of Coventry Cathedral. At the end of the Second World War a cross of nails was created out of the wreckage and has been presented to all ships that carry the name Coventry. It was recovered from the wreck of HMS Coventry by divers after she was sunk in the Falklands War and presented to the crew of Diamond on her commissioning by Captain David Hart-Dyke, the commanding officer of Coventry at the time of her sinking.[13]

The City of Sheffield was offered affiliation to Diamond, but this was turned down by Sheffield City Council and the Lord Mayor, who want the city associated with another HMS Sheffield.[21] The affiliation has now been transferred to the City of Coventry.[22][23]


  1. ^ The Harpoon missile is to be fitted to four of the six ships. HMS Duncan is to be the first.[11]


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  3. ^ "Doff your caps to Diamond". Navy News. 8 October 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2011. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Call Sign Book" (PDF). Combined Communication Electronics Board. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "World Shipping Register - Ship Index". Archived from the original on 31 May 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
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  7. ^ "HMS Daring". Wärtsilä. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  8. ^ MacDermid, Alan (15 August 2007). "Daring is mean, green and built for speed". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
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  10. ^ "Jane's Electro-Optic Systems". 28 October 2010. Archived from the original on 7 April 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  11. ^ Royal Navy - HMS Duncan,
  12. ^ "Air Defence Destroyer (T45)". Royal Navy. Archived from the original on 1 December 2007. Retrieved 20 November 2007. 
  13. ^ a b "Navy’s newest ship will carry a poignant reminder of the past". Portsmouth News. 7 May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  14. ^ a b "HMS Diamond enters service". Ministry of Defence. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Destroyer launches on Clyde". BBC. 27 November 2007. Retrieved 27 November 2007. 
  16. ^ "Diamond Enters Portsmouth Naval Base for First Time". Royal Navy. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2010. [dead link]
  17. ^ "HMS Diamond welcomed in Portsmouth with ceremony". BBC News (BBC). 6 May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  18. ^ "HMS Diamond". Royal Navy. 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  19. ^ "HMS Diamond marks Jubilee with Portsmouth celebrations". BBC News. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  20. ^ a b c d e f g "HMS Diamond Affiliations". Royal Navy. 2011. Archived from the original on 13 April 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  21. ^ "Give us our HMS Sheffield". Sheffield Star. Retrieved 11 March 2009. 
  22. ^ "Agenda of Meeting of Sheffield City Council, Wed 6 June 2007 (Article 10)". Sheffield City Council. Retrieved 11 February 2008. 
  23. ^ "Navy broadside for city ship bid". Sheffield Star. Retrieved 11 March 2009. 

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