Liverpool bids fond farewell to navy ship

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CROWDS gathered to wave farewell to HMS Liverpool as she left her namesake city for the last time yesterday ahead of being decommissioned.

The Portsmouth-based Type 42 destroyer fired a five-gun salute as she sailed past the Royal Liver building, and the ship’s company saluted the Cammell Laird shipyard where she was built in 1978.

During her five-day visit to the Merseyside city, thousands of people visited the Royal Navy vessel, which became the first British warship to be fired on in 30 years during operations off the coast of Libya last year.

Commanding officer Commander Colin Williams said: ‘This has been an uplifting and, at times, emotional visit to the ship’s spiritual home. We have been thoroughly overwhelmed by the kindness and interest of Merseysiders and humbled by the support shown to crew and ship alike. We could not have wished for a better farewell celebration for HMS Liverpool’s service within the fleet.’

The warship will be decommissioned in Portsmouth later this month.