HMS Diamond (1952) DD (11th)
This the eleventh ship to carry the name HMS Diamond was a
Daring Class (1952)
Built by John Brown of the Clyde, laid down 15-Mar-1949, launched 14-Jun-1950 and completed 21-Feb-1952. The first of the class to be completed.
Appeared at the Coronation Review 1953.
After trials joined the Home Fleet. During a NATO exercise west of Iceland on 29-Sep-1953 Diamond rammed the Cruiser Swiftsure and both ships were extensively damaged.
After repairs went to the Mediterranean and took part in the Suez invasion Nov-1956.
Remained in the Mediterranean until 17-Dec-1958 when she went into refit at Chatham. After this was completed 07-Feb-1961 served with the Home and Mediterranean Fleets until Jan-1965 when she went into reserve for two years.
Recommissioned Aug-1967 then went to the Far East Jul-1968 to Jun-1969.
Returned to the UK and used as a harbour training ship for engine room personnel at Portsmouth until 1981.
Sold to Medway Secondary Metals and broken up Nov-1981 by Rainham, Kent.
Other HMS Diamond
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20 May, 2012.
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