One of the world’s most hi-tech warships was left stranded in a British harbour – because the sea was too ROUGH.
HMS Diamond, a 7,500 tonne destroyer, spent the weekend in Aberdeen to mark its affiliation with the city.
But navy bosses had concerns about the massive vessel leaving the narrow harbour in such choppy conditions, and decided to stay put instead of leaving on Monday.
A spokesman for the Royal Navy said: ”There was nothing untoward.
”They just decided to stay where they were due to the adverse weather conditions.
”It’s a big ship and a fairly narrow channel so they thought it was more prudent to stay where they were.”
HMS Diamond, described as the jewel in the navy’s crown, is a Type 45 destroyer. It is the third of six new ships built as part of a £6 billion Royal Navy project.
She is twice as big as the ageing Type 42s she is replacing, but she can make herself appear as small as a fishing boat on an enemy radar.
It has enough space to land a chinook helicopter, is armed with sea-viper missiles and has enough power to supply a city with energy.
The boat was officially launched in November 2007, and is on a 10-month sea trial before it goes into service in July.
Navy chiefs decided to affiliate the ship with Aberdeen and the vessel arrived on Friday.
Locals were given a tour of the boat, the first one to be linked with the city for 18 years.
But despite the weather, fisherman Jimmy Buchan had his much smaller boat, which only measures 21 metres, out at sea on Monday.
He said: ”You would have thought a boat that size could cope with any kind of weather.
You can’t stop a war because there’s a storm.
”The weather was pretty bad, pretty stormy, but we went out.
”But there’s a difference between them and me – if I don’t go to sea I don’t get paid. They still get their wages if they stay in the harbour.
”I would imagine the captain decided to make a health and safety decision to keep his crew safe. He was covering himself.”