ROYALTY dropped in on HMS Diamond to catch up with her progress towards her maiden deployment.
The Princess Royal arrived by helicopter on the Royal Navy’s new Type 45 destroyer off the coast of Plymouth to see the ship’s preparations for basic sea trials.
Princess Anne took a tour of the ship and saw the 190 sailors on board conducting their daily activities.
During her visit, the Princess saw activities on the bridge, the sick bay, and lunch preparations in the galley.
She also spent some downtime relaxing with the crew in their respective mess decks, before presenting medals to several crew members, including a long-service medal to Leading Regulator Howard Harris, who said: ‘It was an honour to meet her.’
Diamond’s captain, Commander Ian Clarke, said: ‘Her Royal Highness has seen Diamond progress, having visited during build in Glasgow, last year in trials and now as we commence operational sea training, preparing to deploy in 2012.’