Diamond at The Rock

WHAT A VIEW HMS Diamond visits Gibraltar
WHAT A VIEW HMS Diamond visits Gibraltar

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HMS Diamond has spent three days visiting Gibraltar as she makes her way to the Middle East.

The new Type 45 destroyer, which left Portsmouth last week, called in to The Rock in the first port visit of her maiden operational deployment.

The £1bn ship’s sponsor, Lady Suzie Johns, the wife of Vice Admiral Sir Adrian Johns, visited the warship to celebrate her 60th birthday as the destroyer sailed through British waters off Gibraltar.

Diamond’s captain, Commander Ian Clarke, said: ‘She launched this ship back in November 2007 and has watched us with keen interest since that time, but especially over the last two years since the ship was fully manned.

‘She’s seen us through trials and training and she came to our commissioning last May.

‘So it’s been great to welcome her on board here in Gibraltar and to come and meet the ship’s company again.’

Diamond is bound for six months of patrols in the Gulf at a time of heightened tension in the region.

Morale on board the ship is high and ‘there’s a real buzz on board,’ Cdr Clarke said.