Farewell service has been held for Falklands veteran warship HMS Plymouth
A farewell service was held at the weekend (sun) for an iconic Westcountry warship which an eleventh hour bid seems unlikely to save from destined for the scrap yard.
HMS Plymouth is due to be dismantled this year, the 30th anniversary of the Falklands conflict in which she played a pivotal role.
The move is a final blow to campaigners, who fought a high-profile but ultimately doomed campaign to save it. She is currently moored at Birkenhead Docks, where her last crew and enthusiasts gathered to say their final goodbyes on board.
HMS Plymouth, launched from Devonport in 1959, is the only Royal Navy warship remaining afloat in UK waters that was involved in the conflict in the South Atlantic.
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After being decommissioned she was opened to the public at Trinity Pier, Plymouth. Later saved by the Warship Preservation Trust, the ship was moved
to Birkenhead where she was opened as an attraction, but the trust went bust in 2006.
Various campaigns have been launched to try to save the former anti-submarine frigate, which was decommissioned in 1988, including a last-ditch bid earlier this month.
Previous projects to reopen her as a tourist attraction have failed to get off the ground, mainly because of the lack of a suitable berth.
Earlier this month a last-ditch bid was launched to secure HMS Plymouth a berth in the North East.
However, But it appears likely that the ship will instead be exported to Turkey, where she will be “deconstructed”. An asset management team has been scouring the vessel in the last few weeks in an attempt to remove and preserve any items of an historic nature.