Type 45 Destroyer HMS Diamond is in port with “technical issues”, the British Embassy in Singapore has confirmed.
The issue is not related to the propulsion and power systems.
The vessel had previously detached from the UK’s Carrier Strike Group back in July whilst in the Mediterranean Sea before sailing again to re-join the group in the Pacific.
HMS Diamond was unfortunately unable to participate in Monday’s event as it had experienced some technical issues.
Prior to this the destroyer had been participating in Ex Bersama Gold with other FPDA partners, taking part in various drills and serials.
— UK in Singapore 🇬🇧 (@UKinSingapore) October 18, 2021
It is currently unknown what the issue is, let’s not jump to any conclusions.
What is the Carrier Strike Group doing?
Commodore Steve Moorhouse, Commander United Kingdom Carrier Strike Group, also said in a news release:
“The Carrier Strike Group’s deployment has been designed to recognise the importance of the region globally. The Group’s presence also demonstrates our support for the freedom of navigation passage through vital trading routes and our commitment to an international system of norms that benefits all countries.
So thank you Singapore for your support to the Carrier Strike Group’s deployment, for contributing to air exercises alongside our jets and supporting HMS Queen Elizabeth’s pit stop at Changi. We are proud to play our part in continuing to grow and deepen the Singapore-UK relationship.”
As part of its maiden operational deployment, the Carrier Strike Group will sail over 26,000 nautical miles, engaging with 40 countries from the Mediterranean to the Indo-Pacific and back again.
The Carrier Strike Group includes ships from the United States Navy, the Dutch Navy, and Marines from the US Marine Corps as well as air assets from 617 Sqn, 820 NAS, 815 NAS and 845 NAS.
Not pictured above is an Astute class submarine. The Carrier Strike Group was joined in the opening phase of the deployment by HMS Artful (which returned to Gibraltar after completing the opening phase), now another Astute class submarine (HMS Astute or HMS Ambush) has joined the group as pointed out by NavyLookout on Twitter.