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22 October

Today in Gosport’s Past:- on 22nd October 2014, the Type 42 Destroyer HMS “Liverpool” (D92) left Portsmouth Harbour for the last time, under tow to Turkey for scrapping. HMS “Liverpool” was the 9th of 14 of the Type 42 Destroyers to be built; she was ordered on 27th May 1977, laid down on 5th July 1978, and launched at Cammell Laird’s Birkenhead shipyard on 25th September 1980. She was accepted into service on 12th May 1982, and commissioned on 1st July 1982. The estimated cost of the ship’s construction was £92,800,000; the cost of the first of the type, HMS “Sheffield” (D80), launched on 10th June 1971, was £23,200,000, and the last, HMS “Edinburgh” (D97), launched 13th April 1983, cost £130,600,000. Interestingly, two further ships of Type 42 were built between 1970 and 1974 for the Argentinian Navy. Although HMS “Liverpool” spent six months on station in the Falklands during the 1982 conflict, she never saw active service there. She did however see action in the Iraq war in 2003, and in the Libyan crisis in 2011, being both fired upon and returning fire during the latter. “Liverpool” was the last of the second batch of Type 42s in service, being decommissioned on 30th March 2012, and moored in Fareham Creek until 22nd October 2014; she was dismantled at Leyal Ship Recycling Ltd, Aliaga, Turkey, dismantling being completed on 3rd February 2015. The ship’s nickname was Crazy Red Chicken….
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