THE new Royal Navy destroyer HMS Diamond is ready for action at sea.
Diamond, which is the third of six Type 45 destroyers built for the navy, was commissioned in May.
The MoD officially passed her as ready to join the fleet yesterday and she will be able to respond to world events wherever she is needed.
The ship’s captain, Commander Ian Clarke, said: ‘This marks HMS Diamond’s formal transition to operations just nine months since leaving the builder’s yard.
‘The ship’s company is rightly pleased to have reached this milestone and is now focused firmly on the forthcoming period of intense combat training in preparation for our first deployment.’
The warship’s main weapon, the Sea Viper missile defence system, is capable of tracking and defending against multiple supersonic targets simultaneously, backed by radar and missile systems that can search more than 250 miles.
The next Type 45 to due arrive in Portsmouth will be HMS Dragon in September.