HMS Gloucester to leave Portsmouth for the last time

HMS Gloucester
HMS Gloucester
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PORTSMOUTH is set to say a fond farewell to a former Royal Navy warship as it makes its final journey from the city tomorrow.

The former HMS Gloucester is set to leave the dockyard for the last time tomorrow morning as it travels to scrap yard in Turkey.

The type 42 destroyer will be tugged out of the naval base at about 11am and will be passing the Round Tower, in Broad Street, Old Portsmouth, at about 11.15am.

Veterans of the ship’s company as well as members of the Type 42 Association are expected to gather at the historic battlement to watch as the ship is towed away.

A spokesman from the Type 42 Association said the occasion would be a ‘very sad’ one.

Gloucester – known throughout the fleet as the ‘Fighting G’ – returned home to Portsmouth on May 24, 2011 after completing her final deployment, being decommissioned on June 30, 2011.

In January 1991, while escorting the American battleship USS Missouri in the Gulf War, the ship fired a salvo of Sea Dart missiles, destroying an Iraqi Silkworm missile, which is believed to be the first successful missile versus missile strike of its kind.

In its 29 years of service the ship travelled 787,928 miles, seeing action across the globe.