HMS Diamond lights up the sky

TEST HMS Diamond fires the Sea Viper for the first time
TEST HMS Diamond fires the Sea Viper for the first time

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WITH a flash of orange and an ear-splitting bang, HMS Diamond proved her fighting mettle with a test of her missile system off Scotland.

The third of the Royal Navy’s cutting edge Type 45 destroyers blasted her Sea Viper out of the silo at three times the speed of sound, obliterating a 600mph jet-powered target drone in the Outer Hebrides.

MISSILE HMS Diamond

MISSILE HMS Diamond

The missile firing means that the Portsmouth-based ship is now ready to take her place as a fully operational warship, capable of deploying anywhere in the world.