Royal Navy’s Type 45 (Daring-class) air-defence destroyer, HMS Diamond (D34) has sailed from Portsmouth Naval Base for a nine-month operational deployment in the Gulf, Royal Navy said in a statement.
She will be taking over the Navy’s long-standing commitment to the region from HMS Monmouth, a Type 23 frigate based in Plymouth.
She is the second Type 45 destroyer to sail on operational deployment in the last three months. HMS Duncan sailed in July to take command of a NATO maritime task group in the Mediterranean – a multi-national force that operates on counter-migration, diplomatic port visits and ensures a presence in the Black Sea.
Her sister ship HMS Diamond has sailed for the warmer waters of the Gulf where she will be working with international and NATO allies to protect some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, keeping them free from criminal activities.
According to the Commanding Officer of the ship, Commander Ben Keith, HMS Diamond will escort partners through some of the world’s hot spots such as the Bab el-Mandeb Strait near Yemen and will also undertake defence engagement activities and exercise with foreign navies.
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 crew complement of 260 and is based at Portsmouth Naval Base.