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Farewell to HMS York

HMS York in Hull's King George Dock on it's last visit to Yorkshire before being decommissioned. Photo: Calendar

Crew members from HMS York will parade through York today as the warship prepares to be decommissioned.

She has patrolled and policed the oceans throughout some of the most hostile conflicts in recent history. But today HMS York sits in Hull's King George dock preparing to bid farewell.

The Navy warship has reached the end of her working life, and is to be decomissioned later this month, replaced by HMS Dragon.

"I think it'll be a poignant moment, but we move on. Time moves on and I'm sure that HMS Dragon will continue that strong relationship with York."

– Commander Rex Cox, HMS York

HMS York was commissioned into the Navy fleet in 1985. Since then she's served in both Gulf wars as well as being used to evacuate civilians from Benghazi during the conflict in Libya last year. More recently she's been on military exercises alongside the French and Russian Navy.

The operations room on board HMS York monitors radar and tries to defend the ship from attack Credit: Michael Billington/ITV

The ship's return to Hull is also a homecoming for some of the crew. Chantelle Scott from Withernsea has served aboard HMS York for the last 12 months.

Able Seaman Chantelle Scott from Withernsea has served aboard HMS York for the last 12 months. Credit: Michael Billington/ITV

"I'm massively proud, I think alot of people are going to be sat that it's going because the ship's company's amazing on here but a lot of people will keep in contact I think, definitely."

– Able Seaman Chantelle Scott
HMS York is making it's final visit to Yorkshire before being decommissioned Credit: Michael Billington/ITV

The ship was granted the Freedom of Entry to the city of York back in 1991 and today the crew will parade through the city.

The parade will form up at Duncombe Place near York Minster at 11am and will be welcomed and inspected by City of York Council's Lord Mayor, Councillor Keith Hyman.

At 11.35am, the parade will move off from Duncombe Place down Blake Street, Davygate and on to Parliament Street. It will then turn right into High Ousegate and right again along Spurriergate and Coney Street before turning right once more across St Helen's Square and returning back along Blake Street to Duncombe Place.

The parade concludes at 12 noon having returned to Duncombe Place when there will be a fly past made by the ship's own Lynx helicopter from 815 Naval Air Squadron, before the crew is invited to an official civic reception at the Mansion House.

HMS York leaves Hull for the last time on Tuesday, bringing to a close a very special chapter in Yorkshire's naval history.

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