HMS Liverpool received a warm welcome when she entered Portsmouth for the final time. The Type 42 destroyer returned from NATO exercises in the Arctic Circle flying a traditional paying-off pennant. The last of the so-called ‘stumpy’ Type 42s has clocked up more than 921,700 nautical miles during 30-years service.
Built by Cammel Laird at Birkenhead, HMS Liverpool entered service in 1982, shortly after the cessation of hostilities in the Falklands War. Ironically, she became the first Royal Navy warship to be fired upon since that conflict when carrying out UN embargo operations during the blockade of Libya in 2011. She is scheduled to be decommissioned on 30 March.