HMS Diamond Ends Multi-Million Pound Upgrade

The crew of HMS Diamond have been reunited with their ship after spending months ashore while it received a multi-million pound upgrade.

The Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer has undergone extensive maintenance and improvements since it returned from operations last July.

Work included installation of the potent Harpoon missile system and upgrades to communications and IT equipment.

The ship also has a new gas turbine and stabilisers plus upgraded high-pressure salt water and air systems.

The new systems and equipment will now be fully tested during several months of trials at sea and alongside in Portsmouth.

On completion the crew will be put through operational sea training, testing their war-fighting and damage control skills ahead of Diamond’s deployment on operations next year.

Image: Royal Navy

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