HMS York - Former crew invited to celebrate York’s 27-year career

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Former crew invited to celebrate York’s 27-year career
10 July 2012

All those who have served in HMS York over her proud 27-year career are invited to bid her farewell this autumn.

The ship’s final Commanding Officer Cdr Rex Cox is inviting all ex-Yorkies to celebrate the destroyer’s achievements when she decommissions on Thursday September 27 in Portsmouth.

The sun goes down on HMS York during the evacuation of Britons from Libya in 2006. Picture: PO(Phot) Dave Griffiths

ALL those who have served in HMS York over her proud 27-year career are invited to bid her farewell this autumn.

The ship’s final Commanding Officer Cdr Rex Cox is inviting all ex-Yorkies to celebrate the destroyer’s achievements when she decommissions on Thursday September 27 in Portsmouth.

With the successor Type 45 destroyers increasingly taking their place in the line of battle (the fifth of the six-strong class, HMS Defender, arrives in Portsmouth later this month), the venerable Type 42s which have shielded the Fleet from air attack since the 1970s are bowing out.

York will be the penultimate 42 to leave service (the honour of the last of class falls to HMS Edinburgh) and is just completing her very final operational mission – Anglo-French-US-Russia exercises, known as FRUKUS, this year being hosted by the Russians in the Baltic and the Gulf of Finland.

A show of speed from York – with her Lynx on the flight deck – during Officer of the Watch training off Plymouth. Picture: LA(Phot) Stu Hill

Post summer leave there are appearances at Bournemouth Air Show, Brest in France and Hull (the nearest major port to her namesake city, permitting a farewell visit to Yorkshire’s county town) before a final entry to Portsmouth and the decommissioning ceremony in the naval base on September 27.

A commemorative book is being produced to mark the passing of D98 (‘where life is great’), featuring both her final ship’s company and the life and times of previous Yorkies and their deeds going back to commissioning in August 1985.

Detailed accounts of the destroyer’s operations and deployments as well as personal accounts from shipmates past and present will be included in the volume.

Still-serving former Yorkies can find out more details about the farewell event via RNTM 120/12; alternatively, contact the assistant decommissioning officer on 430-FC2@a.dii.mod.uk.

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