The Royal Navy’s third in class Type 45 destroyer Diamond has been launched from BAE System’s shipyard at Govan on the Clyde to begin sea trials.
Type 45 destroyers are the larger and more powerful replacement for the existing Type 42s. The destroyer will carry the world-leading PAAMS system (Principal Anti-Air Missile System) designed to defend against multiple attacks by the most sophisticated anti-ship missiles.
The First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sir Jonathan Band, said: ‘The Type 45 destroyers will be powerful and versatile ships, capable of undertaking a wide range of military tasks. They are based on first-class innovation and engineering, which will set new standards in air defence and will ensure that the Royal Navy remains at the forefront of the world’s navies.
‘Today confirms the excellent progress we are making on the Type 45 programme.’
Type 45 will be able to provide air defence over a wide area for assets such as the future aircraft carrier. It will also conduct a wide variety of other operations. They will be able to carry up to 60 Royal Marines Commandos and their equipment, support Special Forces operations, and operate a Chinook sized helicopter from the flight deck.