Last Type 42 destroyer decommissioned
The Royal Navy’s last Type 42 destroyer is being decommissioned on 6 June.
HMS EDINBURGH’s white ensign will be lowered for the last time during the ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base - marking the end of an era for the ‘Fighting 42s’, which began with the launch of HMS SHEFFIELD in 1971.
The destroyers have been gradually phased out of service to make way for the successor Type 45s - all of which are based in Portsmouth.
HMS EDINBURGH’s CO, Cdr Nick Borbone, comments ‘It will be a poignant day for all of us associated with HMS EDINBURGH. It is also a day of celebration when we remember the 40 years of faithful service that the “Fighting 42s” have given, manned by dedicated men and women.’
Seventeen former commanding officers of the ship and dozens of Type 42 veterans will also attend.
Details from The News Portsmouth below.
(As a footnote we should add that our Director, Peter Chapman-Andrews, served in HMS SHEFFIELD on her first commission from 1975, and our Administrator, Mick Watt, served in EDINBURGH in the 1980s . . no doubt many other Institute members have served in the ‘Fighting 42s’).