Thursday 1 March 2012: HMS Liverpool
Yesterday, under a leaden sky, HMS Liverpool sailed up the Mersey on her farewell visit to the city whose name she bears. Her keel was laid in Cammel Laird's Birkenhead yard in 1978 and it was from there she was launched in 1982.
Last year she had the distinction, if that is the correct word, of being the first Royal Navy ship to be fired on for 30 years while she was supporting the no fly zone off Libya.
Tomorrow the ship's company will march through the streets of Liverpool, bayonets drawn and drums beating, as they exercise their Freedom of the city for the last time.
On Monday morning HMS Liverpool will make her last journey down the Mersey and deliver a gun salute at Cammel Lairds before turning and heading down river and deliver her last ever gun salute as she passes the Royal Liver building. She will head to Portsmouth where she will be decommissioned at the end of the month.
This image was taken from the Birkenhead side of the river looking across at the iconic Liverpool waterfront. In this picture you can see:
HMS Liverpool Type 42 Destroyer
Radio City Tower
Liverpool Parish Church of Our Lady and St Nicholas - the Seafarer's church
Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ The King - aka Paddy's Wigwam
The Royal Liver Building
The Cunard Building
Port of Liverpool Building
Museum of Liverpool
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
Royal Iris Mersey Ferry