Banner for HMS Liverpool’s heroes

March 1962 and a naval rating signals Halt to more conventional traffic as the Saunders-Roe SRN1 crosses the seafront at Lee-on-the-Solent and returns to HMS Ariel, now the site of the Hovercraft Museum. Roles such as anti-submarine warfare, air-sea rescue and mine countermeasures were foreseen.						                                Pictures courtesy Amberley Publishing

Spotlight hovers over Lee-on-the-Solent museum

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A HUGE banner will welcome the heroes of HMS Liverpool home on Monday after seven months off the coast of conflict-torn Libya.

Hampshire Flag Company, based in Waterlooville, made the sign for The News to mark the return of the Portsmouth-based warship – affectionately known as the Crazy Red Chicken which will pass the Round Tower in Old Portsmouth around 9.30am on Monday.

The destroyer was sent to support Nato operations off the Libyan coast in April and became the first Royal Navy warship to be fired on since the 1982 Falklands War.

Forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi shot rockets at the ship a total of 10 times during the operations.

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