HMS Liverpool is on its way to be broken up at a Turkish scrap yard. The Type 42 destroyer, 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.
Crowds gathered on the Wirral and in the heart of Liverpool to bid a fond and final farewell to Type 42 destroyer HMS Liverpool. She sailed into the Mersey last week for a six-day visit, berthing alongside at the Cruise Liner Terminal.
The City of Liverpool is preparing to give one of its proudest symbols a final homecoming it will never forget is sailing into the city for her last ever official visit, before the vessel is decommissioned following thirty years of outstanding service.
HMS Liverpool set sail out of the Mersey city for the last time as her four-day ceremonial visit drew to a close. The Type 42 Destroyer, built by Cammell Laird, was heading north for operational sea training before going on an active deployment in the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf later in the year.