STRIPPED back and looking in a sorry state, this is axed warship HMS Cornwall arriving in Portsmouth to be tied up with all the other decommissioned warships.
The Type 22 frigate – one of four axed in the government’s 2010 defence cuts – will stay in Portsmouth Naval Base until she is sold by the Ministry of Defence.
Cornwall, which joined the navy in 1988, was based in Devonport.
During her final deployment early last year in the Gulf of Aden, Cornwall’s boarding teams rescued five Yemeni fishermen and captured 17 Somali pirates.
Prior to that, the ship hit the headlines in March 2007 when 15 members of the ship’s company were detained by Iranian forces following a routine search of a vessel suspected of smuggling near disputed territorial waters.
She was decommissioned in June last year. Her axed sister ships HMS Chatham and HMS Cambeltown arrived in Portsmouth in October last year.
HMS Cumberland, which saw action in Libya last year, is due to arrive tomorrow.