British Warship Hms Diamond Has To Retire From Gulf Due To Engine Problems

HMS Diamond is a 8000 ton destroyer and a state of art warship, but it had to go back from operational duty. The warship deployed in the Gulf failed on active duty as its propeller stopped working
British Warship HMS Diamond has to Retire from Gulf due to Engine Problems
Source - British destroyer HMS Diamond. Image Source screen shot

There was a time when the Royal Navy ruled the Oceans of the world. This period lasted for almost 200 years and during this period the British built up a vast empire that followed the adage"The sun never sets on the British Empire".Alas, those days are over and the Britain today is a nation without a colony and limited resources. Yet, it wants to make a pretense  of being a world power, which unfortunately, it is not. The British have built modern warships, but there is a cost cutting as finance is not available and the result is that most

of the warships vital components are failing.

The British navy has inducted a most modern destroyer at a whopping cost of one billion pounds. This is the 8000 ton HMS Diamond, which carries a crew of 190. As ashow of strength this warship was deployed in the Gulf to support the US war effort. However, within days the warship developed

engine problems and its propeller malfunctioned. There was no choice but to withdraw the warship from operational duty and send it back to Englansd for repairs. The Warship has now berthed at Southampton for repairs. Its a billion dollars down the drain. Sadly this is not the only case and five other warships having engine and electrical problems are also berthed at the port for repairs. BBC news has reported this witha commentary.

The retreat of the warship from active duty has dented British prestige and one wonders what has gone wrong. A little introspection will show to the British that they should stop playing big power games. BAE, the company which has installed the various systems on board has said that the warship's systems were not attuned for operation in the hot climate of the Gulf. This is sad and one wonders why the warship was sent there.

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  • crypticflash  27-11-2017
    Useful information. I've heard, this warship is one of the most advanced ones in the world. Knowing what it's up to now, is destructive. This served it's purpose at Gulf for a month or two only.
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  • iggy  26-11-2017
    If this ship and five others went down for repairs I would look into each incident as possible sabotage. This would be a good way to try and weaken the military, unfortunately for them we are strong with many ships to replace them. The US and our allies are ready for whatever comes our way. The ship will be fixed and return to duty,
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    • Madan G Singh  26-11-2017
      Hi Iggy, thanks for your comment but even the British Navy and government have not claimed this as an act of sabotage. It was sheer unprofessionalism.
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