THE last of the Royal Navy’s Type 42 destroyers is due to leave her home port for the final time today.
The former HMS Edinburgh, known as the ‘Fortress of the Sea’, will be towed out of Portsmouth Harbour bound for a shipbreakers’ yard in Turkey.
She is expected to pass by the Round Tower about 4pm.
The ship was launched in 1983 and her career included taking part in the second Gulf War, escorting helicopter carrier HMS Ocean and supporting Royal Marines ashore.
She was decommissioned in 2013 and there was a failed bid to have her turned into a museum ship based in Edinburgh. Her sister ships HMS Manchester and HMS Liverpool have already gone to the wreckers.