'Technical issues' force HMS Diamond to miss last day of Exercise Bersama Gold

The Type 45 destroyer had been taking part in the multinational exercise to mark 50 years of the Five Powers Defence Arrangements.

Royal Navy vessel HMS Diamond has been forced to miss the final day of a multinational training exercise due to "technical issues".

The Type 45 destroyer had been taking part in Exercise Bersama Gold to mark the 50th anniversary of Exercise Bersama Lima.

Bersama Gold is held by countries in the Five Power Defence Arrangements – Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

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In a statement, a Navy spokesperson said: "Owing to technical issues, HMS Diamond was unable to participate in the final day of Exercise Bersama Gold.

"The ship is in the Indian Ocean as part of the Carrier Strike Group deployment, with HMS Diamond commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Five Powers Defence Arrangements by conducting multinational training exercises."

In July, HMS Diamond experienced some technical issues and detached from the Carrier Strike Group for "maintenance, inspection and any necessary repairs".

The ship had recently worked with the Royal Australian Navy as part of a three-day bilateral exercise.

Sailors from the Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyer took part in a beach clean in Diego Garcia as part of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC).

HMS Diamond also recently celebrated becoming the latest Royal Navy vessel to 'cross the line' and pass the equator in the presence of 'King Neptune'.