Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Final Leaving from Portsmouth

On the 22nd October 2014 the Type 42 Destroyer HMS Liverpool departed from Portsmouth for the last time to be broken up in Turkey having been sold to Leyal Ship Recycling, Aliaga, near Izmir.  She was sold as part of a deal which included her sister ship HMS Manchester.

Nicknamed “Crazy Red Chicken” after her red Liver Bird badge, was built by Cammell Laird in 1982 and after 30 years’ service was finally laid up at Portsmouth Naval Dockyard, on March 30 2012.

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During service, HMS Liverpool was stationed in the Falkland Islands for six months after the war with Argentina in 1982 and she helped evacuate the Caribbean island of Montserrat after a volcanic eruption in 1995.

She took part in the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and made the headlines in 2011, during the Libyan civil war, where she became the first Royal Navy ship to be fired on since the Falklands.