Training is diamond for Royal Navy’s new destroyer

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A NAVAL destroyer has swapped ports as she gets ready to start sea training.

Portsmouth-based HMS Diamond has arrived at the Devonport base, in Plymouth, ready for her basic operational sea training.

Since she was last under the guidance of flag officer sea training in May 2012, Diamond has been in the Middle East for six months as part of the multinational combined maritime force conducting security operations at sea.

Upon her return she underwent routine maintenance before participating in a sequence of exercises both for her own training benefit as well as acting as a platform to instruct others.

Commander Andy Ingham, who took command of HMS Diamond in February, said: ‘While everyone has gained a lot of experience, this period will be important to establish the high standards required for the new team that have inherited responsibility for this capable warfighting unit.’

She will take part in more training later this year, ready for operations in 2014.