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HMS Grafton bowed out of the public eye with an emotional final visit to Suffolk and the town which has taken her under its wing in an all-too-brief career.

Nine years after striking up an affiliation with Ipswich, the ship bade farewell over an icy weekend.

Officially, Grafton paid her last visit to the Suffolk town, making the tricky navigation of the River Orwell, last summer.

But the ship’s programme permitted one last trip to Ipswich.

“I was determined that the final act of Grafton’s life should be a trip to Ipswich,†said CO Cdr Rob Bellfield.

And so it was. Once Grafton departed Suffolk she sailed home to Portsmouth, trailing her decommissioning pennant as she glided past Round Tower.

By then, Cdr Bellfield had presented Ipswich’s mayor Cllr Bill Wright with the ship’s bell as a mark of friendship; it will hang, eventually, in the council’s new headquarters... Grafton House.

Also returned was Nelson’s telescope, presented by Capt Hardy (yes, that Capt Hardy) to his godson two centuries ago.

Since then, the scope has been in the hands of the family of the Duke of Grafton – for whom the frigate is named.

The present duke thought it fitting that the telescope should enjoy pride of place on his ship; Cdr Bellfield thought it fitting, too, that its work done, it should be returned to the duke in his ancestral home, Euston House.
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purpleronnie

Midshipman
Unbelievable, the world has gone mad! Barely run in, only 4 owners and recently serviced and we will no doubt give it away for 2 Chicken Tikka Masalas and a large pilau rice.

Someone explain why we are keeping rusting, useless Type 42s and getting rid of these workhorses? Oh, and please don't start banging on about the air threat, coz there isn't one.
 

SailbadTheSinner

Lantern Swinger
purpleronnie said:
Unbelievable, the world has gone mad! Barely run in, only 4 owners and recently serviced and we will no doubt give it away for 2 Chicken Tikka Masalas and a large pilau rice.

Someone explain why we are keeping rusting, useless Type 42s and getting rid of these workhorses? Oh, and please don't start banging on about the air threat, coz there isn't one.
All the worlds' airforces disbanded then?

I should do a quick stockcheck as T42s have been paying off too
 

purpleronnie

Midshipman
You miss my point entirely. There are not too many Nations out there, owning a credible air force, that present a threat to maritime forces right now. Until Al Qaeda buy Migs there ain't going to be either. We have a "go everywhere - do anything" task that requires flexibility and modern communications and systems.

Choice 1 - Type 23 less than 7 years old, recently refitted.
Choice 2 - Type 42 less that employable, knackered.

Guess which one we chose?
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
I would assume that the Argentinians have rebuilt their air power, and must at least still appear on the threat screen.
 

Full_ahead_both

Midshipman
:lol: Not sure why the Argentinians should bother with an airforce. As soon as they come over the horizon the Government will just role over and give the islands back. Can't see Blair or Brown putting up a fight...
 
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