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Last destroyer returns home

HMS Edinburgh, the last of the Royal Navy's Type 42 destroyers, is due to return to her home base of Portsmouth today for the final time.

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PICTURES: 'A fitting end' for HMS Edinburgh

HMS Edinburgh approaches Portsmouth. Credit: Royal Navy

HMS Edinburgh, the Royal Navy’s last remaining Type 42 destroyer, has returned to her home port of Portsmouth for the final time today.

The 30-year-old warship, which has clocked up almost 800,000 miles, is officially decommissioned on June 6 as the Type 42s make way for the next-generation Type 45s.

Fort Blockhouse, Gosport, responds with a gun salute. Credit: Royal Navy

In keeping with Navy tradition, the ship was flying a decommissioning pennant on her final return and was accompanied by HMS Defender - one of the Navy’s successor Type 45s.

Edinburgh fired a 21-gun salute as she approached the harbour and the saluting gun at Fort Blockhouse, Gosport, responded in a similar fashion.

HMS Edinburgh at Portsmouth. Credit: Royal Navy

Edinburgh’s Commanding Officer, Commander Nick Borbone, said: “After the success of her final operational deployment in March, this has been a fitting finale to an illustrious career for HMS Edinburgh."

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