HMS Southampton bows out after 28 years

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THE end of HMS Southampton’s 28-year career will be marked tomorrow at a decommissioning ceremony.

The Type 42 Destroyer, which has clocked up more than 700,000 nautical miles on operations around the world, is being replaced by Type 45 Destroyers.

The first Type 45 – HMS Daring – arrived at her Portsmouth home at the end of January.

The Rev Scott Brown, Principal Church of Scotland and Free Churches chaplain, will conduct the decommissioning service, accompanied by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.

HMS Southampton was built at Vosper Thorny-croft in Southampton, launched in January 1979 and commissioned into service in October 1981.

She served in the Falklands War, on security missions to the Gulf, and in Montserrat when the Chances Peak volcano erupted in 1995 and the population had to be evacuated.

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12:54pm Wed 11 Feb 09

Bright Spark says...

HMS Southampton did not serve in The Falklands War, she had just completed her trials and made her way south after the Argies surrendered. Sad to see the demise of the type 42's and particularly HMS Southampton, will there ever be another?
There hasn't been an HMS Portsmouth for hundreds of years, not since the crew of the last one surrendered. The RN haven't named another ship after that town because of the shame the incident caused the nation.
A bit of useful ammunition there for Denzil ...
HMS Southampton did not serve in The Falklands War, she had just completed her trials and made her way south after the Argies surrendered. Sad to see the demise of the type 42's and particularly HMS Southampton, will there ever be another? There hasn't been an HMS Portsmouth for hundreds of years, not since the crew of the last one surrendered. The RN haven't named another ship after that town because of the shame the incident caused the nation. A bit of useful ammunition there for Denzil ... Bright Spark

1:16pm Wed 11 Feb 09

southy says...

there was a hms portsmouth at the battle off the nile, and was badly damage, on her way back to the rock she encountered algerian raiders ship and was sunk.
there was a hms portsmouth at the battle off the nile, and was badly damage, on her way back to the rock she encountered algerian raiders ship and was sunk. southy

1:56pm Wed 11 Feb 09

merckxy says...

They only name ships after premier league teams now then???

Portsmouth wont be at the end of the season and Saints wont even be a championship team!!**!!
They only name ships after premier league teams now then??? Portsmouth wont be at the end of the season and Saints wont even be a championship team!!**!! merckxy

7:51am Thu 12 Feb 09

steve manning says...

I served in the Southampton in the Gulf, 1998 when we were involved in collison wth the MV Torbay. Sad end to a great ship
I served in the Southampton in the Gulf, 1998 when we were involved in collison wth the MV Torbay. Sad end to a great ship steve manning
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