Portsmouth Welcomes Diamond – The Jewel In the Navy’s Crown
(Source: Royal Navy; issued Sept. 22, 2010)
HMS Diamond, the third Type 45 air defence warship built for the Royal Navy, arrives in her home port of Portsmouth for the first time on Sept. 22. (UK MoD photo)
The third of the Royal Navy’s formidable new air defence destroyers has been formally handed over to the MOD today, in a ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base.

Diamond’s captain and company sailed past the Round Tower and into home port for the first time this morning, ready to take command of the ship for sea trials that will test both them and the ship to the limit before she is declared operational.

The Type 45 destroyer set sail from the Clyde on Saturday, bidding farewell to the construction shed for the last time and to the thousands of proud BAE Systems’ workers who built her.

Head of Destroyers, Commodore Steve Brunton, accepted Diamond on behalf of the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support. He said: “It is a huge privilege to accept this magnificent ship on behalf of the MOD, hot on the heels of HMS Daring’s acceptance into service with the Navy.

“With five ships in the water - one in service, two in MOD hands and two more on contractor trials - 2010 has been an extremely busy year on the Type 45 programme already and is still to see the last of the class, Duncan, launched down the slipway into the Clyde.”

The ship’s company and BAE Systems employees stood to attention on the flight deck to salute the White Ensign being raised as Angus Holt, UK Programmes Director at BAE Systems’ Surface Ships division, transferred responsibility for the ship to Commodore Brunton.

Diamond’s Commanding Officer, Commander Ian Clarke said: “It is an enormous responsibility to command a ship with Diamond's cutting edge. The ship performed magnificently during its early sea trials.

"I am supported by a truly dedicated team and together we are keen to progress to the next stage, transforming Diamond into an effective front-line warship, ready for operations anywhere in the world.”

As well as her world-beating anti-air defence capability - the Sea Viper missile system can engage up to ten targets – one of Type 45’s greatest assets is her versatility. Anti-piracy, anti-smuggling activities and surveillance operations are among just some of the roles she will be able to perform as well as high intensity war fighting. Her large flight deck can operate a range of helicopters and she has additional capacity for 60 people – enabling her to contribute in support of land operations or humanitarian disaster relief.

Diamond was launched by Lady Johns, wife of Vice Admiral Sir Adrian Johns, on the Clyde in 2007. Since then she has been fitted out internally and undergone two sets of sea trials which completed in June. The ship will now begin a further challenging set of sea trials designed to test the crew as well as the ship.


BACKGROUND NOTES:
1. Diamond is affiliated to Coventry and Aberdeen.

2. 2010 Type 45 programme milestones:
* HMS Daring In Service Date - August
* Successful third test firing of the Sea Viper missile system – July
* HMS Dauntless commissioned – June

3. Type 45 facts:
- The hull structure is made of 2,800 tonnes of steel which is more than the weight of the Blackpool Tower. Approximately 40 tonnes of paint will have to be applied to cover an area of 100,000 square meters of steel
- The Sea Viper missile system reaches twice the speed of Concorde in under 10 seconds
- At 152m she is longer than 16 double-decker buses and as high as an electricity pylon
- Her onboard power plant supplies enough electricity to light a town of 80,000 people
- She has 220 bunks, 22 single beds and her own hospital facilities. She is fitted with 1 bath, 44 showers, 54 toilets and 100 wash basins. (ends)



Diamond Sparkles As She Arrives In Portsmouth
(Source: BAE Systems; issued Sept. 22, 2010)
PORTSMOUTH, United Kingdom --- Diamond, the third Type 45 anti-air warfare destroyer built by BAE Systems for the Royal Navy, has been handed over to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) at a ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base today.

Members of the ship’s company raised the white ensign for the first time onboard Diamond, as the Royal Navy’s Commodore Steve Brunton formally accepted the destroyer on behalf of the MOD in Portsmouth, where she will join her sister ships HMS Daring and HMS Dauntless.

Angus Holt, UK Programmes Director at BAE Systems’ Surface Ships division, said: “Diamond is an exceptional ship and we are proud to hand her over to the Royal Navy today. The Type 45 programme is a great example of an effective partnership between industry, the Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defence to deliver enhanced capability to our armed forces.

“Our work on Diamond and her sister ships now continues, providing in-service support to the ship and the rest of the fleet, to ensure that they meet the UK’s operational requirements.”

Head of Destroyers, Commodore Steve Brunton, said: “It is a huge privilege to accept this magnificent ship on behalf of the MOD, hot on the heels of HMS Daring’s acceptance into service with the Navy.

“With five ships in the water - one in service, two in MOD hands and two more on contractor trials - 2010 has been an extremely busy year on the Type 45 programme already and is still to see the last of the class, Duncan, launched down the slipway into the Clyde.”

First steel was cut on Diamond in May 2005 and she was launched at the Company’s Govan yard in November 2007. After undergoing an extensive sea trials programme, Diamond left the Clyde with a combined BAE Systems and Royal Navy crew for the final time on Saturday, 18 September, and arrived into her new home port of Portsmouth earlier today.

As Class Output Manager for the fleet, BAE Systems will also provide in-service support to the fleet. Working side by side with the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Naval Base, the company’s engineers will coordinate all aspects of repair, maintenance and support to improve ship availability and reduce through life support costs to enable the Royal Navy to meeting its operational commitments around the world.

The Type 45 destroyer is the largest and most powerful air defence destroyer ever built for the Royal Navy and will provide UK Defence with a world-class military capability. The Type 45s will provide the backbone of the UK's naval air defences for the next 30 years and beyond. The destroyers will be capable of carrying out a wide range of operations, including anti-piracy and anti-smuggling activities, disaster-relief work and surveillance operations as well as high intensity war fighting.

Each destroyer will be able to engage a number of targets simultaneously, and defend aircraft carriers or groups of ships, such as an amphibious landing force, against the strongest future threats from the air. The vessels will contribute a specialist air warfare capability to worldwide maritime and joint operations until 2040.


BAE Systems is a global defence, security and aerospace company with approximately 107,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. In 2009 BAE Systems reported sales of £22.4 billion (US$ 36.2 billion).

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