Coventry is twinned with HMS Diamond and as such, the City of Coventry Freemen’s Guild also has a member of the Court who liases with a member of the ship’s company.
For many years now that task has been carried out by Past Master Bob Crane.
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HMS Diamond and her crew were honoured with the Freedom of Entry to the City of Coventry on 16th October 2014
News Item – September 2017
HMS Diamond starts her 9 month deployment
Dear Friends of Diamond,
HMS Diamond sailed from Portsmouth Naval Base at 12:16hrs on the 4th September for a nine-month operational deployment.
She will be taking over the Navy’s long-standing commitment to the Gulf from HMS Monmouth.
She is the second Type 45 destroyer to sail on operational deployment in the last three months. HMS Duncan sailed in July to take command of a NATO maritime task group in the Mediterranean.
HMS Diamond has sailed for the warmer waters of the Gulf where she will be working with international and NATO allies to protect some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, keeping them free from criminal activities.
Commanding Officer of HMS Diamond Commander Ben Keith said: “Morale is high on the ship at the moment, we have quite a large contingent of young sailors on board who have not previously deployed so there is a real sense of excitement. We have trained and practised for a long time now to prepare for our deployment to the Gulf so we are ready to take on any tasking that is required of us.”
The destroyer left her home port to cheering crowds on the Round Tower and received a flypast from a Wildcat helicopter based with 815 Naval Air Squadron in Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton.
The Guilds thoughts and good wishes go with Cdr. Ben Keith and his crew.
I will keep you all updated as and when I get any news of their activities.
Past Master Bob Crane