IT WAS a touching goodbye as crew of the former HMS York gathered to see the ship leave Portsmouth for the final time.
The Type 42 destroyer was decommissioned in 2012 and is being towed to a scrapyard in Turkey.
Royal Marines who served onboard the ship were at the Round Tower in Old Portsmouth to say goodbye, along with members of the Type 42 Association.
As the ship was towed out of the harbour, people at the tower cheered and bugler Tony Crisp performed.
Jason Kidd has been in the navy for 11 years and served in the ship as leading seaman in electronic warfare from 2009 until it was decommissioned.
The 30-year-old, from Portsmouth, said: ‘It is a sad day. It was a good ship and I really enjoyed my time on there.
‘It was one of the best ships I ever served with.’
He added: ‘It was good to say an official goodbye. I would have preferred it was more official but it was still nice.
‘The Type 42 Association who put most of this together have done a really good job.
‘It is good that we have an organisation who want to remember the ships.’
It is a sad day. It was a good ship and I really enjoyed my time on there.Jason Kidd
Darren Longhurst was also at the Round Tower to see the ship go.
The 32-year-old, from Portsmouth, went to Libya, Russia and the Falklands on York. He was a warfare specialist on the ship from 2011 until it was decommissioned.
Darren said: ‘She was the first ship I served in so it is sad.
‘She was a great ship so it is nice to see people here to say goodbye.’
Banners and flags were part of the ceremony put together by the Type 42 Association, which was started three years ago.
Parade marshal Dean Deakins led the service with standard bearers Jay Snell and Ian Skeldon.
Mr Deakins said: ‘It is very sad to see it decommissioned.
‘We wanted to give it a ceremonial goodbye along with former crew.
‘It is quite moving for the former shipmates to get together to see her go.
‘It is sad to see her in such a sorry state.’
Last week, people gathered to say goodbye to former HMS Edinburgh.
The Type 42 destroyer was also towed to a scrapyard in Turkey.
She will be joined by last in the class former HMS Gloucester, which is also being scrapped for metal in the next few weeks.