NavyNewsHMS 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 shipâ€™s programme permitted one last trip to Ipswich.
â€œI was determined that the final act of Graftonâ€™s life should be a trip to Ipswich,â€ 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 Ipswichâ€™s mayor Cllr Bill Wright with the shipâ€™s bell as a mark of friendship; it will hang, eventually, in the councilâ€™s new headquarters... Grafton House.
Also returned was Nelsonâ€™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 â€“ 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.