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Posted on Tuesday 8th May

HMS Plymouth – the last veteran warship of the Falklands and the last of her class (Type 12 frigate) still afloat in the UK – is due to be deconstructed this year, despite attempts to save her from the scrap heap.

The HMS Plymouth Association has been granted permission to hold a remembrance service on Saturday, 19 May on board the vessel, which is currently moored in at Vittoria Dock in Birkenhead, Merseyside.

Plymouth formed part of Wirral's failed attempt at a historic warship display as a tourist attraction. She was launched in 1959 and decommissioned in 1988. She was moved to Birkenhead in the 1990s after being saved by the Warship Preservation Trust.

At the end of the Falklands War, the armistice was signed in the ship's ward room. The decision to demolish Plymouth is particularly poignant given that it is the 30th anniversary of the conflict.

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