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HMS Edinburgh's final voyage home to Portsmouth

26 March 2013 Last updated at 21:32 GMT

They call them the fighting 42s - the Royal Navy destroyers that fought in the Falklands and the two Gulf Wars.

But now the very last of the ships is about to be taken out of service.

HMS Edinburgh will return to Portsmouth on Thursday from its last operational deployment, which began in September last year.

BBC South's reporter Steve Humphrey joined the crew in Florida and was given exclusive access to the ship as it returned home for the final time.