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