Final march of HMS York crew ‘a sad day’

FAREWELL HMS York leaves Portsmouth for Libya last year
FAREWELL HMS York leaves Portsmouth for Libya last year

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THE crew of Portsmouth-based HMS York have marched through its namesake city for the final time before the ship is decommissioned.

Hundreds of people turned out to watch the parade on Saturday, which was part of a weekend of events in York to mark it leaving service.

The Type 42 destroyer has come to the end of her working life and will be decommissioned after 27 years’ service on September 27.

Lord Mayor of York Keith Hyman said: ‘We have strong connections with all our forces and the naval connection goes back several hundred years so it’s quite a sad day that we’re handing it back.’

York took part in the invasion of Iraq in 2003, evacuated British citizens from Beirut during the Israel-Lebanon war in 2006, and was called in to deliver medical supplies to Libya last year.

Her retirement comes as the navy’s fleet of six new £1bn Type 45 destroyers enter service.