HMS Diamond left Portsmouth Naval Base as part of the UK’s response to support Nato countries in eastern Europe. The Type 45 destroyer is set to join offshore patrol vessel HMS Trent in the eastern Mediterranean with four additional RAF Typhoon jets being deployed to Cyprus to take part in Nato patrols in eastern Europe. Hundreds of troops have also been deployed to Estonia and Poland.
Diamond has been deployed by the UK Government to be on standby in the Mediterranean in case it is required as part of a wider Nato force.
It had originally been set to leave on February 17 but its departure was delayed by Storm Eunice with further delays due to the warship needing minor repairs.
The problems meant that all of the navy’s £6 billion fleet of Type 45s were alongside at the same time, with four vessels in Portsmouth and two in Birkenhead.
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