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HMS Edinburgh's final day of service

HMS Edinburgh will take part in a decommissioning ceremony in Portsmouth Credit: PA Wire

HMS Edinburgh will finally bow out of service today after 40years working across the globe.

The ship will take part in a decommissioning ceremony atPortsmouth Naval Base where the White Ensign flag will be lowered for the last time.

The ceremony is to be attended by hundreds of guests and HMS Edinburgh’s sponsor, Lady Heseltine, who launched the ship in 1983.

All 270 of the ship’s company will be on parade as the RAF Typhoon, Sea Fury and RN Historic Flight will perform a flypast.

HMS Edinburgh is the last of the Royal Navy’s fleet of Type 42 destroyers as they have been phased out for the successor Type 45 warships.

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HMS Edinburgh farewell tour

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.

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

Final voyage for 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.

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.

Ship leaves Portsmouth for the last time

HMS Edinburgh left Fountain Lake Jetty in Portsmouth Naval Base on a bright warm sunny morning today (6/5), for the last time.

HMS Edinburgh sails out of Portsmouth for final time

She set sail for a high profile visit around the UK with visits to London, Edinburgh and Liverpool before coming back into Portsmouth for the final time at the end of the Month. She is the last of the Type 42 Destroyers in the Royal Navy and will be decommissioned on the 6th June this year

HMS Edinburgh is the last of the Type 42 Destroyers in the Royal Navy

In memory of HMS Beverley

Cdr Nick Borbone, HMS Edinburgh's commanding officer lays the wreath to remember the crew of HMS Beverley Credit: Royal Navy

HMS Beverley escorted merchant ships in the Second World War. She accompanied 30 convoys in the Mediterranean, Arctic and Atlantic.

In April 1943, she was one of eight warships assigned to 48 merchant vessels mostly laden with ballast; they would be loaded provisions once they reached the Americas.

On 11th April, she was hit by torpedoes and within 45 seconds she was gone. Twenty of her 155-strong crew managed to jump into the sea, but only four of them survived and were rescued. HMS Edinburgh’s Commanding Officer, Cdr Nick Borbone RN, cast the wreath into the water.

Cdr Borbone said: "I don’t think we will ever truly comprehend what these men went through in order to secure our nation’s freedom. Thousands of sailors crossed the Atlantic in constant fear of enemy warships and U boats, they lived with this threat day and night."

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Wreath laid in memory of sailors

The ship’s company of Portsmouth-based destroyer HMS Edinburgh have laid a wreath in memory of the thousands of sailors who lost their lives in the Battle of the Atlantic. HMS Edinburgh is on her way home following a six month deployment around the Atlantic.

The wreath was laid at the site where HMS Beverley sank in 1943, taking all but four of her crew with her. Edinburgh’s chaplain, Father David Yates, led the ship’s company in a Memorial Service at the site.

Final international visit for Hampshire destroyer

HMS Edinburgh's visit to New York is an historic milestone for the ship and for the Royal Navy, as it marks her final international visit before her return to base in Portsmouth.

She will be decommissioned to make way for the Navy's new generation Type 45 destroyer.

She manoeuvred through New York harbour to her temporary home at Brooklyn Pier 7, where she will stay for the next few days.