Chichester Commander bids fond farewell

HMS Edinburgh returned home to Porstmouth from her final Atlantic deployment.
HMS Edinburgh returned home to Porstmouth from her final Atlantic deployment.

IT WAS the end of an era as the Royal Navy’s last remaining Type 42 destroyer returned home with a Chichester commander at the helm.

HMS Edinburgh returned to Portsmouth last week after her final deployment from the Atlantic.

The 30-year-old warship has spent the last six months patrolling the Atlantic and has clocked up a staggering 793,345 miles.

“Returning home after a long period of operations is always a special event and, as the ship’s company is reunited with families and friends after six months away, they can reflect on a job well done and take some well deserved leave,” said HMS Edinburgh’s Commanding Officer, Nick Borbone, from Chichester.

“However, as this also marks the end of the operational life of the Type 42 destroyer, this deployment has been particularly poignant for all of us on board.

“I am extremely proud of the way the team in Edinburgh has, through sheer commitment and dedication, upheld the reputation that this exalted class has earned over the past four decades and also upheld the reputation of the Royal Navy in the protection of UK interests worldwide.”