The last of four Type 22 frigates deemed surplus to requirements in the last round of defence cuts has left the UK for demolition. The departure of the former HMS Cumberland had been delayed by several weeks due to bad weather on the route between Portsmouth and Aliaga in Turkey.
The autumn gales accounted for a two-day delay in the delivery of ex-HMS Cornwall, with the tug and tow having to seek shelter near the Irish coast to avoid the worst of storm force conditions en route to Swansea. The tows of ex-HMS Chatham and ex-HMS Campbeltown were relatively drama-free. There are now seven former Royal Navy warships awaiting disposal in Portsmouth Harbour, the Type 42 destroyers, Liverpool, Manchester, Gloucester, Edinburgh and York, the Sandown class minehunter Walney, and the ice patrol ship, Endurance.