HMS York bids farewell

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SAILORS from HMS York are visiting the ship’s namesake city for the last time before she is decommissioned.

The Portsmouth-based destroyer will dock at Hull tomorrow, and members of the ship’s company will parade through York on Saturday.

The ship will be open for public as she prepares to leave service later this month.

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

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.