HMS Diamond has returned to Portsmouth after a two month deployment in the Mediterranean.
The Royal Navy say in a release that her deployment was part of the ongoing counter-Islamic State operations where she used her sensors to gather intelligence on the air battlespace, sharing this with the RAF and international allies in the region.
Commanding Officer of HMS Diamond Commander Ben Keith said:
“This has been a challenging, but extremely rewarding and successful deployment. I’m proud of all that my ship’s company has achieved while we’ve been away and I’m incredibly grateful to Diamond’s extended family for all their support.”
The Royal Navy say that HMS Diamond also proved her ability to integrate with the UK Air Component Commander (UKACC) by working with the RAF assets based in Cyprus.
“Training with E3s, Voyagers, Tornados, Typhoons and F-16s, Diamond practiced controlling a congested environment, observing and directing a variety of aircraft while operating with other UK Forces.
During her time in the Med, Diamond also spent a week on weapons and sensors training. She held live firing exercises with the 4.5″ Gun, the 30mm, Phalanx and small arms, using her embarked Wildcat Helicopter from 815 Squadron at RNAS Yeovilton – callsign Roughcut – to observe and direct the firings onto the targets with impressive accuracy.”