THE Royal Navy’s former HMS Chatham has this afternoon left Portsmouth Harbour bound for a Turkish scrapyard.
The former Type 22 frigate was the first of three ships which will all leave Portsmouth for the last time this week.
Her sister ships Campbeltown and Cumberland will depart in the coming days.
A fourth frigate, Cornwall, will remain until a later date.
The four ships, which were all axed in the government’s 2010 defence cuts, were sold to two different firms for recycling.
Three of the frigates will go to Leyal Ship Recycling, the same firm which is cutting up Ark Royal. The fourth frigate will go to a UK shipbreaker.