HMS Diamond Joins Australian Warship East of Suez

first_imgHMS Diamond has taken her place among the international naval effort determined to stamp out criminal activity on the seas east of Suez. The state-of-the-art destroyer has relieved her sister HMS Daring as the latest Royal Navy warship serving with the 26-nation Combined Maritime Forces, sailing in tandem with Australia’s HMAS Melbourne.Admittedly, HMAS Melbourne rather than the antipodean metropolis, but it’s a start.Indeed the link-up with the Adelaide-class frigate east of Suez was the perfect introduction for the Portsmouth-based destroyer to her new mission.Diamond has now joined the Combined Maritime Forces – the partnership of more than two dozen navies committed to keeping the seas clear of all manner of nefarious activity (pirates, smugglers, drug-runners, people traffickers, terrorists) – which will oversee many of her activities for the next four or five months.The Bahrain-based forces directs the work of three distinct task groups of around half a dozen warships each, operating from the head of the Gulf to the Red Sea in the west, shores of India and Pakistan in the east and Seychelles in the south – an area of some 2½ million square miles or more than eight times the size of the North Sea.The ships allocated to those three task forces – 150 (counter-terrorism/maritime security), 151 (counter-piracy), 152 (maritime security in the Gulf) – typically operate as ‘lone wolves’, hundreds of miles away from other vessels assigned to the same force.So the rare link-up between Diamond and Melbourne allowed for a series of drills, manoeuvres and the obligatory ‘photo exercise’ for the record.Diamond has just relieved her older sister Daring on station east of Suez (D32 is making her way back to Portsmouth through the Med presently) as she knuckles down to her maiden deployment; she’s now engrossed with counter-terrorism and piracy patrols, bringing security and stability to the region.“We have a vital role to play in keeping these sea lanes safe for international trade, not just for the UK but for the good of the wider global economy,” explained her Commanding Officer Cdr Ian Clarke.“It is a massive and important task and we are looking forward to working with colleagues from 26 navies including Australia, Pakistan, South Korea and Thailand as well as our US and European partners.” His ship and the 200 sailors, Lynx crew and Royal Marines aboard will continue their patrol of these waters until their expected return home in late December.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 20, 2012; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Diamond View post tag: Suez Share this article View post tag: joins View post tag: Warship View post tag: Australian View post tag: Navy July 20, 2012center_img HMS Diamond Joins Australian Warship East of Suez Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Diamond Joins Australian Warship East of Suez View post tag: East View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Training & Education View post tag: HMSlast_img read more

German minehunter Weilheim joining SNMCMG1

first_img View post tag: German Navy View post tag: FGS Weilheim Photo: Photo: German Navy View post tag: SNMCMG1center_img German Navy Frankenthal-class minehunter FGS Weilheim is set to join the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) for over four months of joint operations.The vessel will depart its Kiel homeport on July 29 for a two-week at-sea phase before heading to the German Navy’s fire and damage control training center in Neustadt together with the rest of the group.Shortly thereafter, the group is scheduled to join the annual Baltic Sea maneuver Northern Coasts.Since the beginning of 2019, SNMCMG1 has been lead by Royal Danish Navy Commander Peter Krogh who assumed command of SNMCMG1 from Belgian Commander Peter Ramboer. Danish ocean patrol vessel HDMS Thetis is the group flagship.SNMCMG1 is one of four NATO standing maritime groups which are multinational, integrated maritime forces made up of vessels from allied countries. These vessels are under continuous NATO command to perform a wide range of tasks ranging from deterrent presence and situational awareness to exercises and the conduct of operational missions. Share this articlelast_img read more