THE captain of HMS Liverpool has spoken of his pride at serving on board the 30-year-old ship.
It comes as the Portsmouth-based warship starts the first leg of her final tour of duty before being decommissioned next month.
The Type-42 destroyer has sailed along the River Clyde on a farewell tour, passing the Scotstoun shipyard where the Royal Navy’s new Type-45 destroyers are being fitted.
Commanding officer Colin Williams, said: ‘I am extremely proud to have commanded HMS Liverpool and her crew.
‘There is obviously some sadness in bidding farewell to any ship but more than anything, this is a time to honour HMS Liverpool and her achievements, the most recent of which was the outstanding and key support to the Nato operations off the coast of Libya. I was immensely proud of my ship’s company and the way they rose to their challenge.’
Last year, HMS Liverpool became the first navy vessel to be fired on in 30 years while on her seven-month deployment to Libya.
Commander Williams added: ‘You get an emotional attachment to any ship you work on, of course you do.
‘My wife calls Liverpool my mistress.
‘She’s not my lover by any stretch because she keeps me busy and active working out how to keep the old girl running.
‘But having fought and lived in this ship for the better part of a year and a half, I will always love her.’
HMS Liverpool entered service in 1982, two weeks after the end of the Falklands War, and will be decommissioned in Portsmouth in late March.