HMS Diamond and her crew officially received the “Freedom of Entry” into the City of Coventry on 16th October 2014. The ships company and the Band of the Royal Logistics Corps paraded through the streets of Coventry, followed by a reception for the crew, the band, honoured guests, veterans and cadets from Coventry.
The Royal Navy’s Type 45 Destroyer, HMS Diamond, has been affiliated with the city ever since it was launched in 2007 and the HMS Diamond Suite in the Council House has been named in honour of the ship and her company.
When the ship was built it was presented with a cross of nails, made from the remains of St. Michael’s Cathedral. This Coventry “Cross of Nails” was originally given to HMS Coventry, a Type 42 destroyer launched in 1974. But this ship was sunk during the Falklands War on 25 May 1982. The cross was recovered later that year by a Royal Navy diver and a report of this dive can be found on the following BBC web page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-18195170
Among the other holders of the Freedom of Entry to the City of Coventry were the crew of a second ship called HMS Coventry. This was a Type 22 Frigate that held the city name until it was decommissioned in 2002.
When commenting on this honour, Lord Mayor, Councillor Hazel Noonan said ” We are extremely proud of our links with HMS Diamond and the strong links that the ship’s company and the Royal Navy has established with charities and organisations in and around Coventry. I am really looking forward to welcoming Lieutenant Commander Meyer, former Commander Ingham and their crew to Coventry.”