VIDEO: HMS York decommissioned at Portsmouth Naval Base

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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.

The ship's company of HMS York parade in front of the warship as she is decommissioned at Portsmouth Naval Base today

The ship's company of HMS York parade in front of the warship as she is decommissioned at Portsmouth Naval Base today

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.’

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