HMS Diamond (D34)
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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. As of this date, Diamond is being fitted out. Diamond is the third ship of her class launched with a guard from the Northern Area Sea Cadets. As of 2010 Diamond is on stage 1 sea trials prior to her commission in early 2011.
The Type 45 (or Daring) class will be the most advanced air-defence warship in the world. The ship's capabilities centre on the SAMPSON Multi Function Radar, which can detect targets out to a distance of 400 kilometres (220 nmi), and the PAAMS missile system.
The Type 45 has frequently been cited by the British press as being the first class of warship to include e-mail and entertainment systems (including iPod charging points) within the messdecks. These reports relate to 230-volt domestic supplies and access to external e-mail, both of which have been common features in most RN vessels for several years.
- City of Coventry
- City of Aberdeen
- The Worshipful Company of Barbers
- No. 3 Squadron RAF
- The Lordswood CCF (Combined Cadet Force) Naval Contingent will be affiliated once the ship is completed.
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 Sheffield. The affiliation has now been transferred to the City of Coventry.
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