HMS Edinburgh to return to Portsmouth for final time

The ship's company of HMS Westminster at the rededicaton of the ship back into the fleet Picture: LPhot Barry Swainsbury

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CROWDS are expected to greet the last of the Royal Navy’s Type 42 destroyers when she arrives at Portsmouth for the final time tomorrow.

Families, well-wishers and ex-crew members are expected to gather in Old Portsmouth to welcome in HMS Edinburgh.

The destroyer is to be decommissioned as the navy introduces its new D-Class destroyers into service.

The ship’s helicopter will fly over the Solent as Edinburgh sails in, flying her decommissioning pennant. Depending on the weather, there will be a fly-past of historic aircraft to mark her arrival.

The ship will fire a gun salute and the navy’s Fort Blockhouse will fire one back.

People are expected to gather at the Hot Walls and the Round Tower in Old Portsmouth, which Edinburgh will pass at around 10am.

Follow her homecoming at portsmouth.co.uk tomorrow and in The News on Saturday.

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