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Destroyer HMS Diamond returns home

The Royal Navy destroyer HMS Diamond (D34) called at Plymouth on 4 July on her way home to Portsmouth after seven months operating in the Red Sea.

She was involved in defending commercial shipping from drone and missile strikes by Houthi rebels in Yemen kill marking on her bridge wing.

The warship shot down nine drones and a Houthi missile, sailing nearly 44,000 miles and spending 151 days at sea, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

The Type 45 destroyer, which will be replaced in the region by HMS Duncan after she left the UK in May, was welcomed back to her home port of Portsmouth on 6 July.

HMS Diamond operated in the region in December 2023 and January 2024, when she came under fire from Iran-backed Houthi forces on three separate occasions.

She returned again in March, taking over protection duties from frigate HMS Richmond.

In total, the destroyer has been deployed for ten months and has been involved in other activities across that time, including seizing 2.4 tonnes of drugs in the Indian Ocean.

Photos show HMS Diamond arriving in Plymouth on 4 July. (Gordon Brodie)

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