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HMS York bids farewell

HMS York was built on Tyneside Photo: Royal Navy

After 27 years patrolling the oceans of the world, the Royal Navy’s Type 42 destroyer HMS York is preparing to bid farewell.

She was built by Swan Hunter on the River Tyne and launched in 1982, and then commissioned into the Royal Fleet in 1985.

The ship, which has had a long relationship with the region, sailed into the King George Dock in Hull last night.

On Saturday the ship’s company will parade through York to exercise their Freedom of Entry to the City for the final time. They will be welcomed and inspected by City of York Lord Mayor, Councillor Keith Hyman.

There will also be a fly past 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.

On Sunday HMS York will open to the public.