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Posted on Wednesday 7th March

Crowds gathered in the heart of Liverpool and on the Wirral on Monday to bid a fond farewell to HMS Liverpool as the Type 42 destroyer left home for the final time.

After 30 years in service Liverpool is due to be decommissioned and she sailed into the Mersey last week for a six-day visit close to where she was built, at Cammell Laird's shipyard in Birkenhead. During the visit, Liverpool hosted a reception for various guests as well as invited school and college groups on board.

On Friday the crew took to the streets of Liverpool to exercise their Freedom of the City for the last time, having been awarded the honour in 1982.

On Saturday and Sunday the ship gave thousands of visitors the chance to explore the ship when she opened her gangway to the public.

HMS Liverpool made her last journey down the Mersey on Monday morning, delivering a gun salute at the Cammell Laird shipyard shortly afterwards. She sailed past the Royal Liver Building and delivered a second gun salute.

Most recently, off Libya, HMS Liverpool became the first Royal Navy ship to be fired upon for 30 years during her seven-month deployment to the area.

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