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HMS Bristol to be retired.

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It has recently been announced that HMS Bristol, currently used as an accommodation and training ship and moored in Fountain Lake adjacent to the ferry berths in Portsmouth, is to be retired at the end of the year and will not receive the due refit.

Inevitably someone has popped up to 'save her for the nation':

https://www.change.org/p/national-museum-of-the-royal-navy-save-and-preserve-hms-bristol-for-future-generations

The chances of this are nil in my view. The ship has no national profile and is 50 years old. How could she possibly pay for herself?

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I was lucky enough to do the original Contractors sea trials on Bristol when a young Draughtsman in Pompey DO. About the only thing unique about her was the spiral stairway up to the ward room. Through no fault of the ship she was really a white elephant in that she was order to defend the previously Ark Royal but before she was finish the decision was made to scrap the Ark. Lucky to have lasted this long as she suffered a major fire whilst at Milford Haven which buckled the main deck beams and melted all the machinery space walkways and gangways which were then constructed of aluminium, needless to say they ended up in the bilge some in the shape of cannon balls.  History lesson over folks.

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