HMS Diamond (D34)

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HMS Diamond in 2016
United Kingdom
NameHMS Diamond
OrderedDecember 2000
BuilderBAE Systems Surface Fleet Solutions
Yard number1063[4]
Laid down25 February 2005
Launched27 November 2007
Sponsored byLady Johns
Commissioned6 May 2011[5]
  • Honor clarissima gemma
  • ("Honour is the brightest jewel")
Nickname(s)"The Jewel in the Naval Crown"
StatusIn active service, as of 2021
General characteristics
Class and typeType 45 Guided missile destroyer
Displacement8,000[7] to 8,500 t (8,400 long tons; 9,400 short tons)[8][9][10]
Length152.4 m (500 ft 0 in)
Beam21.2 m (69 ft 7 in)
Draught7.4 m (24 ft 3 in)
Installed power
SpeedIn excess of 30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)[6]
RangeIn excess of 7,000 nautical miles (13,000 km) at 18 kn (33 km/h)[6]
Complement191[12] (accommodation for up to 235)
Sensors and
processing systems
Electronic warfare
& decoys
Aircraft carried
  • 1–2 × Lynx Wildcat, armed with:
    • 4 × anti ship missiles, or
    • 2 × anti submarine torpedoes
  • or
  • 1 × Westland Merlin,[11] armed with:
    • 4 × anti-submarine torpedoes
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.[19][20]


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.[21]

Sea trials

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.[22]

Operational service

Diamond operating with HMAS Melbourne in 2012

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.[23] 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.[20] Diamond is commenced her deployment in the summer of 2012,[24] starting with celebrations to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.[25]

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]

On 8 May 2017, Diamond performed a demonstration firing of an Aster 30 off the coast of Scotland.[26]

On 4 September 2017, Diamond sailed for a 9-month deployment to the Middle East, initially scheduled to relieve HMS Monmouth,[27] she was instead diverted to take over as flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 from sister HMS Duncan when her intended relief, HMS Ocean was redeployed to provide relief to British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean in the wake of Hurricane Irma.[28] Diamond was relieved of her NATO duties upon the return of Ocean from the Caribbean on 30 October and resumed her planned deployment to relieve Monmouth.[29] However, on 23 November, The Times reported that Diamond was being forced to abandon her deployment and return to Portsmouth early due to mechanical issues, which was later confirmed by the Ministry of Defence.[30][31]

As of 10 April 2021, HMS Diamond Left Portsmouth to take the honour of Commemorating a 41-Gun Salute to Pay Respects and For The Passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh and has flown her flag at half-mast. One Minute of Shots fired intervals at 1:37 PM (Time on her twitter Post) or 1100 Hrs Military time GMT.[32][33]



Ship's sponsor

Official affiliations


As part of her affiliation with Coventry, Diamond carries 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.[19]

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.[35] The affiliation has now been transferred to the City of Coventry.[36][37]


  1. The Harpoon missile is to be fitted to four of the six ships. HMS Duncan is to be the first.[15]


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