HMS Diamond has sailed from Portsmouth Naval Base for a nine-month operational deployment.
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.
Commanding Officer of HMS Diamond Commander Ben Keith said: “Morale is high on the ship at the moment, we have quite a large contingent of young sailors on board who have not previously deployed so there is a real sense of excitement.
“We have trained and practiced for a long time now to prepare for our deployment to the Gulf so we are ready to take on any tasking that is required of us.
“This is a highly versatile and capable warship so we will be undertaking a variety of roles once we deploy.
“HMS Diamond will escort partners though some of the world’s hot spots such as the Bab el-Mandeb strait near Yemen, we will also undertake defense engagement activities and exercise with foreign navies and of course we remain ready to complete any warfighting duties should we be called upon.”