HMS Gloucester returns to Portsmouth tomorrow for the last time

THE curtain falls on the magnificent 25-year career of HMS Gloucester tomorrow when she returns from her final deployment. The veteran destroyer will be greeted by hundreds of families and friends in Portsmouth – plus the lady who has followed the ship from the laying of the keel to this last act: the Duchess of Gloucester...
I've a bit of a soft spot for her because I was sea-riding on board when she shot down the Iraqi Silk Worm anti-ship missile in the Gulf in 1991.