HMS Diamond (D34)

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Career (United Kingdom) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Diamond
Ordered: December 2000
Builder: BAE Systems Surface Fleet Solutions
Yard number: 1063[1]
Laid down: 25 February 2005
Launched: 27 November 2007
Sponsored by: Lady Johns
Commissioned: Expected 2011[2]
Identification: Deck Code:
Pennant number: D34
International callsign: GPLC[3]
IMO number: 4907763[4]
Motto: Honor clarissima gemma
("Honour is the brightest jewel")
Status: Sea trials prior to commission
Badge: 100px
General characteristics
Class and type: Type 45 air-warfare destroyer
Displacement: 7,500 tonnes
(8,100 tonnes full load)
(both figures are 'start of life')
Length: 152.4 metres (500 ft)
Beam: 21.2 metres (70 ft)
Draught: 7.4 metres (24 ft)
Propulsion: 2 Rolls-Royce WR-21 gas turbines, Converteam electric motors
Speed: Over 29 knots (54 km/h)[5]
Range: 7,000 nautical miles (13,000 km) at economical speed
Complement: 190
Sensors and
processing systems:
S1850M 3D radar
MFS 7000 Sonar
Electronic warfare
and decoys:
Aircraft carried:

1 x Lynx HMA8 or

1 x Westland Merlin HM1[6]
File:HMS Diamond D34.jpg
HMS Diamond under construction at VT Group plc buildings at HMNB Portsmouth Navy Days, 2 July 2005.

HMS Diamond is the third ship of the Type 45 or 'D' Class of air defence destroyer (AAW) built for the Royal Navy.


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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] 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)[10] 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.[11]


Ship's Sponsor:

Official Affiliations:

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.[13] The affiliation has now been transferred to the City of Coventry.[14][15]


  1. "HMS Diamond at Clydebuilt database". Retrieved 21 June 2009. 
  2. "Type 45 Daring Class Anti-Air Warfare Destroyers, United Kingdom". Naval Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  3. "Royal Navy Bridge Card, February 2009". Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  4. "World Shipping Register - Ship Index". Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  5. MacDermid, Alan (2007-08-15). "Daring is mean, green and built for speed". The Herald. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Air Defence Destroyer (T45)". Royal Navy. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  7. "Destroyer launches on Clyde". BBC. 2007-11-27. Retrieved 2007-11-27. 
  9. "World's most advanced destroyer launched tomorrow". The Times (Times Newspapers): p. 37. 2007-01-22. 
  10. "British warships fitted with Ipod docks and surround sound". Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  11. "Some Myths (Myth 8)". Royal Navy. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 "HMS Diamond Affiliations - Royal Navy website". Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  13. "Give us our HMS Sheffield". Sheffield Star. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  14. "Agenda of Meeting of Sheffield City Council, Wed 6 June 2007 (Article 10)". Sheffield City Council. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  15. "Navy broadside for city ship bid". Sheffield Star. Retrieved 2009-03-11.