HMS Edinburgh leaves Portsmouth for final voyage

HMS Edinburgh leaves Portsmouth''Picture: LA(PHOT) Jay Allen
HMS Edinburgh leaves Portsmouth''Picture: LA(PHOT) Jay Allen
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THE last in the line of the ‘Fighting 42s’ has sailed on her final voyage around the UK before she is decommissioned.

HMS Edinburgh left Portsmouth Harbour to take part in the Battle of the Atlantic commemorations.

This marks one of the final milestones in the life of the Type 42 destroyer, which has reached the end of her 30-year career.

She will be joining HMS Illustrious and HMS Blyth in London, where they will welcome members of the public.

Between Portsmouth and London, the ship is hosting friends and families of the ship’s company on board to give them the chance to experience life on board a warship for a couple of days at sea.

After leaving London, HMS Edinburgh is due to visit her Scottish affiliated city.

She will then visit Liverpool before making her last ever entry into Portsmouth.

She will be escorted through the Solent by HMS Diamond, one of the new Type 45 destroyers built to replace HMS Edinburgh and her sister ships.

Friends and family of sailors who are spending time on board the ship while she sails to London have been able to watch various exercises taking place.

They had the chance to take part in Small Arms Firing at Sea (SAFAS) exercises, and drive the ship for a man overboard exercise.