HMS Diamond

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HMS Diamond
HMS Diamond
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The Daring-class, HMS Diamond (D35), 1958 is a premium rank III British destroyer with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Alpha Strike".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Main fire tower10 / 10 / 10 mm
Hull16 mm (steel)
Superstructure4 mm (steel)
Number of section6
Displacement3 820 t
Crew330 people

In terms of survivability, HMS Diamond demonstrates commendable resilience, despite lacking anti-fragmentation armour around its hull. Its sleek design, coupled with ammunition storage largely shielded by being below the waterline, significantly enhance its survivability in combat scenarios. However, with a relatively modest crew complement of 330 personnel, the ship remains vulnerable to sustained fire from rapid-firing cannons, particularly those equipped with the potent Mk.22 cannon mount commonly found on American destroyers. Moreover, the threat posed by Soviet 130 mm rounds cannot be underestimated, given their powerful explosive filler and potential to inflict significant damage. Fortunately, mitigating factors exist to improve the ship's survivability. Removal of torpedoes, for instance, can drastically reduce the ship's vulnerability to fire. While the torpedoes onboard offer an advantage, their overall performance may not warrant the associated risk, especially considering their relatively modest capabilities compared to other torpedo systems.


Speedforward / back
AB79 / 32 km/h
RB64 / 26 km/h

HMS Diamond may have modest mobility, but it stands out as one of the fastest ships within its battle rating, particularly when encountering lower-tier adversaries. Its top speed of 64 km/h allows for swift navigation across maps, offering an advantage in naval engagements. Despite its classification as a destroyer, its relatively compact size grants it agility akin to that of a corvette, affording it a surprisingly tight turn radius.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 79 32
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 64 26

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB2 937 Sl icon.png
RB2 282 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts360 000 Sl icon.png
Aces820 Ge icon.png
Research Aces870 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 290 / 600 / 50 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 160 / 160 / 160 % Rp icon.png
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Rudder Replacement
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Propeller Replacement
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Engine Maintenance
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Damage Control Division
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Fire Division
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Shrapnel Protection
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New Pumps
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Ammo Wetting
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40 mm HE clips
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40 mm AP clips
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
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Improved Rangefinder
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Improved Rangefinder
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Primary Armament Targeting
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Torpedo Mode


Primary armament

3 х Turret2 x 4.5 inch/45 QF Mark V cannon
Ammunition600 rounds
Vertical guidance-5° / 80°

The 4.5 inch/45 QF Mark V cannons aboard HMS Diamond prove to be formidable armaments, particularly effective against light to medium armoured ships and aerial targets. Despite their relatively modest explosive yield compared to other munitions of similar calibre, they deliver a considerable punch, ensuring devastating impacts upon target engagement. With an upgraded crew, HMS Diamond achieves an impressive firing rate of up to 20 rounds per minute, mirroring the capabilities of the USS Moffett. A notable feature of these cannons is their consistent firing rate, as there is no need to pause for reloading due to the absence of a ready rack. However, disruptions such as fires or flooding onboard may temporarily hinder this rapid rate of fire. To optimize ammunition usage and effectiveness, it is recommended to utilize HE-VT projectiles whenever possible. These projectiles offer the same explosive filler as standard HE rounds but with the added advantage of a proximity fuze, maximizing the ship's combat efficiency while conserving valuable ammunition space. In situations requiring engagement of armoured targets or encounters at challenging angles, such as front aspect shots, SAP projectiles are advised.

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
1,000 m 2,500 m 5,000 m 7,500 m 10,000 m 15,000 m
4.5 inch HE HE 28 28 28 28 28 28
4.5 inch SAP SAP 117 100 77 61 50 41
4.5 inch HE-TF HE-TF 28 28 28 28 28 28
4.5 inch HE-VT HE-VT 28 28 28 28 28 28
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
4.5 inch HE HE 746 24.95 0 0.1 2,320 79° 80° 81°
4.5 inch SAP SAP 746 23 0.015 5 910 47° 60° 65°
4.5 inch HE-TF HE-TF 746 24.95 0 0.1 2,320 79° 80° 81°
Proximity-fused shell details
Ammunition Type of
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
distance (m)
radius (m)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
4.5 inch HE-VT HE-VT 746 24.95 0 0.1 244 23 2,320 79° 80° 81°

Secondary armament

2 х Turret2 x 40 mm QF STAAG Mark II gun
Ammunition4000 rounds
Belt capacity4 rounds
Fire rate156 shots/min
Turret2 x 40 mm QF Mark V gun
Ammunition4000 rounds
Belt capacity4 rounds
Fire rate156 shots/min

The 40 mm autocannons serve as versatile weapons with potent capabilities for both air defense and point-blank defense. In air defense roles, these autocannons excel at engaging low-flying aircraft and as a deterrence for high-flying aircraft. Their high rate of fire and effective range make them formidable tools for intercepting fast-moving targets with precision accuracy. Additionally, their ammunition options include a set of munitions ready for all scenarios, universal clip is advised. In point-blank defense scenarios, 40 mm autocannons provide reliable firepower for engaging close-range threats such as small boats. Their rapid rate of fire and substantial calibre make them effective deterrents against targets at short distances.

  • Universal: AP-T · HEFI-T
  • 40 mm HE clips: HEFI-T · HEFI-T · HEFI-T · AP-T
  • 40 mm AP clips: AP-T · AP-T · AP-T · HEFI-T

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
HEFI-T 3 3 3 3 3 3
AP-T 81 78 68 58 49 41
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
HEFI-T 874 0.9 0 0.1 67.13 79° 80° 81°
AP-T 874 0.89 - - - 47° 60° 65°

Additional armament

Setup 110 x 533 mm Mk.IX** torpedo
Main article: Mk.IX** (533 mm)

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Daring-class  HMS Diamond
Light Cruisers 
Emerald-class  HMS Enterprise
Town-class  HMS Southampton
Tiger-class  HMS Tiger
Admiral-class  HMS Hood

Britain destroyers
Town-class  HMS Churchill · HMS Montgomery
V-class  HMS Valhalla · HMS Vega · HMS Verdun
G-class  HMS Grafton · ORP Garland
Hunt-class  HMS Calpe · HMS Brissenden
Tribal-class  HMCS Haida · HMS Eskimo · HMS Mohawk
J-class  HMS Jervis
K-class  HMS Kelvin
N-class  HMAS Nepal
Battle-class  HMS Armada · HMS Cadiz · HMAS Tobruk
Daring-class  HMS Daring · HMS Diamond · HMS Diana

Britain premium ships
Motor torpedo boats  MTB-1(2) · MTB-422 · Fairmile D (5001) · HMS Gay Archer
Motor gun boats  MGB-75 · SGB Grey Goose
Gunboats  HMS Spey
Sub-chasers  LÉ Orla
Frigates  HMS Whitby
Destroyers  HMS Montgomery · HMS Valhalla · HMS Verdun · ORP Garland · HMS Jervis · HMCS Haida · HMS Mohawk · HMS Cadiz · HMS Diamond
Light cruisers  HMS Belfast
Battleships  HMS Iron Duke