Hopes of preserving HMS Fearless, flagship of Britain's amphibious operation during the Falklands war, have been quashed.

Hopes of preserving HMS Fearless, flagship of Britain’s amphibious operation during the Falklands war, have been quashed.

The Ministry of Defence has announced that the 12,000-tonne ship will be sold, and that she is expected to be recycled in Belgium. Her sister ship HMS Intrepid will also be dismantled, but her demolition will be carried out in the UK.

Fearless played a prominent part in the landings in San Carlos Water in 1982, during which she was attacked several times by Argentine aircraft, and one of her landing craft was sunk. She has been moored in Portsmouth Harbour since being retired in 2002.