Portsmouth warships descend on capital for commemorations

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GLIDING down the River Thames, HMS Edinburgh smoothly dodges landmarks and flood barriers in this amazing video shot from her bridge.

The veteran Type 42 destroyer is in the capital along with HMS Illustrious to launch six days of events remembering the Battle of the Atlantic.

HMS Edinburgh glides up the River Thames to join HMS Illustrious on a high-profile visit. Picture: ''''LA(Phot) Keith Morgan

HMS Edinburgh glides up the River Thames to join HMS Illustrious on a high-profile visit. Picture: ''''LA(Phot) Keith Morgan

HMS Edinburgh is the last in the line of the Type 42s and London is her first stop on a round-Britain farewell tour which brings to a close her 30 years of service.

Watched by hundreds of people on both banks of the Thames, the Portsmouth-based warship passed underneath Tower Bridge and berthed alongside museum ship HMS Belfast, the sister of her forebear which was sunk in the Arctic 71 years ago.

Meanwhile, HMS Illustrious sailed through the Thames Barrier to her Greenwich moorings.

Sailors on board HMS Edinburgh shot this sped-up video of her approach to London.