Final date is set for HMS Nottingham

Former sailors from the warship HMS Nottingham will gather for a service to mark her decommissioning next week.

The white ensign is due to be lowered on the Type 42 destroyer on Thursday February 11, bringing to an end her 30-year career with the navy.

Today in her affiliated city of Nottingham, 130 members of her final ship's company were due to parade and say farewell.

Commander Andy Price, commanding officer of Nottingham, said: 'There has been a huge affinity with Nottingham throughout the ship's life and we feel especially privileged to be able to seal our relationship by being given the opportunity to parade through this fine city.

'The enduring support and encouragement that the people of Nottingham have traditionally given, not only to their adopted ship, but also to the wider Armed Forces, is much appreciated.

'This last visit to our city will indeed be tinged with sadness though we are certainly looking forward to being amongst old friends.'

In July 2002 Nottingham suffered 39m of damage when she hit a rock off Australia during a nine-month deployment.

Two officers were dismissed and two were reprimanded at court martial.

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