HMS Edinburgh final voyage

The Royal Navy's last remaining Type 42 destroyer will return to her home port of Portsmouth for the final time on Friday May, 31.

HMS Edinburgh farewell tour

HMS Edinburgh
Sailors from HMS Edinburgh Credit: Royal Navy Media Archive

Portsmouth-based HMS Edinburgh will return to her home port after completing a farewell tour across the UK.

The warship will return to Portsmouth on Friday May, 31 after visiting Liverpool where she was built.

Following her final voyage to Portsmouth, she will retire after 30 years of service.

Sailor on HMS Edinburgh
A sailor working on the warship HMS Edinburgh Credit: Royal Navy Media Archive
HMS Edinburgh flag
HMS Edinburgh sailor flying the Union Jack flag Credit: Royal Navy Media Archive

Final voyage for HMS Edinburgh

HMS Edinburgh
HMS Edinburgh in Portsmouth Credit: HM Naval Base

The Royal Navy's last Type 42 destroyer, HMS Edinburgh, will return to Portsmouth for the final time on Friday.

The 30-year-old warship has sailed almost 800,000 miles and will be decommissioned on June 6, as the Type 42s are replaced by new Type 45s.

The ship will fly a decommissioning flag on her final return and will be accompanied by HMS Diamond - one of the Navy's successor Type 45s.

A 21-gun salute will be fired from HMS Edinburgh as she approaches the harbour where Fort Blockhouse, Gosport, will respond with a saluting gun.

HMS Edinburgh launched
Launch of HMS Edinburgh at Cammel Laird, Birkenhead Credit: HM Naval Base

The ship returns to Portsmouth after a month-long farewell tour across the UK, which included visits to Liverpool where she was built, her namesake city and London where she helped mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic.

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