Final journey for Edinburgh

HMS Edinburgh coming into Portsmouth in May 2013 before being decommissioned in 2013 Picture: Sarah Standing (131470-7240)
HMS Edinburgh coming into Portsmouth in May 2013 before being decommissioned in 2013 Picture: Sarah Standing (131470-7240)
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  • Former HMS Edinburgh is to leave Portsmouth Harbour for the last time
  • The ship is a veteran of the Second Gulf War
  • She has been sold to a shipbreakers in Turkey
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THE last of the Royal Navy’s Type 42 destroyers is due to leave her home port for the final time today.

The former HMS Edinburgh, known as the ‘Fortress of the Sea’, will be towed out of Portsmouth Harbour bound for a shipbreakers’ yard in Turkey.

She is expected to pass by the Round Tower about 4pm.

The ship was launched in 1983 and her career included taking part in the second Gulf War, escorting helicopter carrier HMS Ocean and supporting Royal Marines ashore.

She was decommissioned in 2013 and there was a failed bid to have her turned into a museum ship based in Edinburgh. Her sister ships HMS Manchester and HMS Liverpool have already gone to the wreckers.