HMS York was retired from service in the Royal Navy today.
The ship’s white ensign was lowered for the final time to bring the Type 42 destroyer’s 27-year career to an end.
Around 200 guests, including former York sailors and the ship’s sponsor Lady Gosling, attended a ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base.
Addressing his ship’s company for the last time, York’s captain, Commander Rex Cox, said: ‘HMS York has done her bit for Queen and country. It’s now time to say goodbye to a distinguished lady.
‘We shall miss her, but rather than being said we must look at her achievements and celebrate her 27 years.
‘There’s no doubt York has been a great ship. However, it’s her people that have made her what she is. You are without a doubt the most fantastic ship’s company anyone could have the privilege to serve with.’