Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond has now taken charge of a major NATO task force.
Diamond has assumed the role of flagship for a group of up to 14 warships from NATO countries that will operate in the Mediterranean and Black Seas.
The task group has three main roles – remain the high readiness force to react first in the event of a military or humanitarian crisis, deter illegal migration into Europe, and conduct engagement and exercise programmes with the UK’s NATO allies and partners to grow our ability to work together.
The warship relieves sister ship HMS Duncan, another Type 45 destroyer which has held the role of NATO flagship since June. Duncan handed over her flagship duties to Diamond when the two destroyers met up in Bar, Montenegro at the weekend. Diamond left Montenegro earlier.
Commander Ben Keith, the Commanding Officer of HMS Diamond, said:
“It is an enormous privilege to take over as flagship to a task group which is so important to the security of the UK and our NATO allies.
It’s an important task, one which ultimately helps keep Britain safe as we work around the clock to guard the oceans and put a stop to those who might otherwise do harm.
My ship’s company have trained hard to be ready to respond to anything that comes our way, and we look forward to putting those skills to use with our friends from other navies across the seas.”
The Commander of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2, Royal Navy Commodore James Morley, will now use HMS Diamond to direct a force of destroyers, frigates and patrol boats.