The former HMS Cornwall has arrived at Portsmouth for disposal. The frigate was one of four Type 22’s deemed surplus to requirements in the government’s Strategic Defence and Security Review. The stripped down hulk was delivered by Solent Towage’s Fawley-based tug Vortex, which also towed two of Cornwall’s decommissioned sister-ships up from Devonport last year.
The tug Vortex will return directly to the west country to collect ex-HMS Cumberland. The four vessels are likely to be scrapped, but could also be used as targets. For now they will become the latest in a long line of surplus warships left to languish in Fareham Creek.