HMS Manchester formally leaves service

The Russian destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov as seen from HMS Somerset in the Moray Firth

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HMS Manchester formally bowed out of the service in the Royal Navy yesterday when she was decommissioned at Portsmouth Naval Base.

Having sailed the equivalent of 35 times around the globe, Manchester makes way for the next generation of destroyers gradually entering service.

Commanding Officer Cdr Rex Cox told his ship’s company and guests that Manchester had been ‘a very special ship’ which had left her mark ‘on everyone who has had the good fortune to serve on her’.

He said her passing was a day of ‘sadness mixed with great pride in a destroyer that has served the Navy with distinction and is now ready to pass on the baton to the next generation, the Type 45s.’