HMS Diamond sails for maritime security mission in the Mediterranean

September 29, 2018 – Royal Navy warship HMS Diamond has today sailed from Portsmouth for operations in the Mediterranean where the Type 45 destroyer will provide reassurance to allies in the region throughout the autumn. The deployment follows a busy few months for HMS Diamond and her crew, who spent most of the summer operating in or around UK waters. Commander Ben Keith, the Commanding Officer of HMS Diamond, said: “I’m thrilled that HMS Diamond is once again at sea on operations to keep our nation safe. I am proud…

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HMS Diamond Completes Hectic Summer Period

September 14, 2018 – The crew of HMS Diamond are heading back to home port after spending two months being run ragged from the grey wastes of the Atlantic to the confines of the Baltic. The destroyer has been activated throughout the traditionally busy summer season, barely stopping to take a breather as she monitored Russian naval activity twice, visited four ports, helped train warfare officers and RAF air crew, hosted two ambassadors, represented the Fleet in front of a million people at Bournemouth Air Festival, joined NATO ships in…

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HMS Diamond arrives in Aberdeen

August 13, 2018 – Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond is visiting Aberdeen for three days after she shadowed two Russian warships through the English Channel. The Portsmouth-based destroyer is affiliated with the city of Aberdeen, and will take the opportunity to hold a reception on board for guests from the community. Commander Ben Keith, the Commanding Officer of HMS Diamond, said: “HMS Diamond treasures its affiliation with the city of Aberdeen and we are thrilled to be visiting once again. “We always receive a warm welcome from the local community…

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HMS Ocean takes up role as SNMG2 Flagship

On Sunday the 29th of October, HMS Ocean assumed the SNMG2 Flagship role from HMS Diamond, whilst alongside in Souda Bay, Crete. HMS Ocean had been expecting to take up the SNMG2 Flagship role in September, but was re-tasked to enable her participation in Operation Ruman; the UK Department for International Development (DfID) led humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operation in the Caribbean. Over the coming months SNMG2 will participate in a number of multi-national exercises to develop greater interoperability between the naval forces of NATO members. HMS Ocean is…

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USS San Diego Departs Souda Bay After Successful MDVR

USS San Diego (LPD 22) departed Souda Bay, Greece, after a scheduled port visit for San Diego’s mid-deployment voyage repair maintenance visit Oct. 21, 2017. San Diego’s port visit allowed the crew and contractors to conduct vital repairs, maintenance and ensure the ship remained in operational condition for its deployment. “We had contractors come out to our ship to help us understand the technical side of some of the maintenance we needed to get done,” said Engineman 2nd Class Tyler Foster, assigned to San Diego’s engineering department. San Diego also…

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HMS Diamond Takes Over as SNMG2 Flagship

Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond is now the Royal Navy’s guardian of the Mediterranean having taken charge of a major NATO task force. Diamond has assumed the role of flagship for a group of up to 14 warships from NATO countries that will operate in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. The task group has three main roles – remain the high readiness force to react first in the event of a military or humanitarian crisis, deter illegal migration into Europe, and conduct engagement and exercise programs with the UK’s NATO…

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HMS Diamond sails for the gulf for nine month operational deployment

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…

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