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HMS Cornwall On Last Voyage

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3:51pm 24th October 2013
(Updated 3:51pm 24th October 2013)

HMS Cornwall sets off on her final voyage.

The Royal Navy frigate is being hauled around the Duchy's coast to Swansea to be scrapped.

During 23 years' service she served in the Falklands and was at the centre of a hostage crisis with Iran.

Commander David Wilkinson spoke to Pirate FM as she arrived home after her final deployment: "No captain ever wants to say goodbye to his own ship, let alone the last of a class of wonderful ships. But, I hope that ourselves and our three sisters have demonstrated the need for these types of ships.

"The Royal Navy is an absolute world leader out there; I think the government recognises that. If we get the ships, we can do the missions, we can do the job and I know they recognise that. Cornwall's shown them over the last six months what can be done."


It is prompting a warning that defence cuts are leaving Britain vulnerable.

The Type 22 frigate is the last of her class to be decommissioned.

Mike Critchley is from Liskeard based magazine Warship World: "We are still an island nation so we have to protect those sea lanes in peace and in war. The world we live in is actually a very unstable place and the situation as far as the Navy's concerned is in my opinion that it's been reduced far beyond what it should be."

3:51pm 24th October 2013

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