Arriving in the Middle East, Royal Navy warship HMS Diamond joined the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and conducted a series of drills with the Australian frigate HMAS Melbourne.  On her maiden deployment and joining the other navies of CMF in the region, HMS Diamond is now busy with counter-terrorism and piracy patrols, bringing security and stability to the region.

HMS Diamond conducts manoeuvres in company with
HMAS Melbourne in the Middle East

HMS Diamond is one of Britain’s latest Type 45 destroyers and represents some of the world’s most sophisticated military capability.  Speaking about his Ship’s role, Commander Ian Clarke explained: “We have a vital role to play in keeping these sea lanes safe for international trade, not just for the UK but for the good of the wider global economy.  It is a massive and important task and we are looking forward to working with colleagues from 26 navies including Australia, Pakistan, South Korea and Thailand as well as our US and European partners.”

The Ship’s Company of HMS Diamond will continue their patrol of these waters until their expected return home in late December.

About Combined Maritime Forces

CMF is a unique multi-national collective of 31 like-minded nations, dedicated to promoting security and free flow of commerce across 3.2 million square miles of international waters in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin, the Indian Ocean and the Gulf. CMF’s main focus areas are disrupting terrorism, preventing piracy, reducing illegal activities, and promoting a safe maritime environment for all.
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