Engine woes end HMS Diamond’s mission

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NAVAL bosses have aborted a mission in the Gulf after one of Britain’s most advanced warships broke down.

Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond is heading home after having difficulties with her propeller.

HMS Diamond leaving Portsmouth

HMS Diamond leaving Portsmouth

The Times reported efforts to fix the £1bn vessel at sea were unsuccessful.

It is the latest woe to hit the navy’s destroyer fleet – which is based in Portsmouth.

The warships, built by BAE Systems and Rolls Royce have been blighted by engine problems since entering service eight years ago.

A Royal Navy spokesman said: ‘We can confirm HMS Diamond has experienced technical issues but we do not discuss the detailed materiel state of our operational ships and are unable to comment further.’