Tuesday, 15 February 2011

HMS Diamond's Affiliation

A wander down the docks yesterday morning to have a look at Aberdeen's newest 'affiliated' warship: HMS Diamond. We've written about Aberdeen's previous affiliation to the frigate HMS Scylla before but Diamond is altogether different, being a Type 45 'Daring' class air-defence destroyer this ship is said to be the world's most advanced [sic!] warship (at the time of writing). It's a big boat.

Little did we know that we were going to be sort-of too late, and Diamond was actually 'at sea'. But hold on, there it is, tied up at Telford Dock.

A word with the Harbourmaster security guard at the dock gate let us know that the warship had been scheduled to sail at 9.00 am, but - lacking the sheer grunting thrust of the type of anchor-handlers more normally seen using Aberdeen Harbour -  wouldn't have been able to make it over the sand and gravel bar which retards Aberdeen Harbour's entrance given the swell that was running at the time (that's what they say, isn't it?). And so Diamond had remained tied up. Tugs were awaited. How embarassing - it's just as well we weren't under air attack today. At least it didn't get stuck on a sandbar like that submarine last year.

Because of Diamond's 'at sea' condition, we weren't allowed any closer than the gate of the dock - but got these shots of the sci-fi forms of this terrifying weapon of war. We don't really like weaponry. 'Killingry', as our hero R. Buckminster Fuller would have had it - we prefer 'livingry', naturally enough, at Other Aberdeen - but we must admit to a grudging admiration for the alienating cold stark beauty of these forms.

Edit 15 Feb:

Anonymous sources tell us that, it being "Aberdeen's Warship", the Captain of Diamond and his senior bridge staff were invited to worship at St Nicholas Kirk on Sunday. Quite amazingly, they actually showed up late and missed the service, having got 'lost' in the Fittie/foreshore area.

So, firstly a snub to the godbotherers at the Mither Kirk and then stuck in port unable to surmount our well-known sandbar. Not a particularly auspicious start to our mutual affiliation.

The Royal Navy's Type 45 Destroyer webpage was offline at the time of writing.

Edit. Weds 16th Feb.

Other Aberdeen Scooped the Sun!


And the P&J


The warship wasn't the only interesting thing to see down the harbour that morning before elevenses.

Nae drunk much.


Anonymous said...

HMS Diamond still sitting in dock at 16:15 today. Radars were spinning in preparation to move but were stopped about 14:00

awesome looking beastie, wouldnt want to get on the wrong side of her !!

A said...

Awesome indeed. I reckon that the lack of obvious heavy weaponry (killingry) on view other than the little gun towards the bows gives an impression of all the more sinister malevolence and violent potential.

Anonymous said...

Hello, these days ant aircraft warships use missiles and they will pop up out of the ship when in use as they can't withstand the weather conditions. I would imagine that there will be those gattling type of machine guns there as well. A lesson was learned in the Falkland when two ships came under attack by Exocet missile, their radars or one of their radars had attained the target but as the ships moved their radars got "tangled" so went offline not to shoot themselves, the ships had no other defence and one was sunk. Alex