One of the Royal Navy's longest serving ships has paid off at the end a 25-year career.

One of the Royal Navy’s longest serving ships has paid off at the end a 25-year career. HMS Dumbarton Castle was welcomed into Portsmouth harbour today with a water cannon salute.

Families greeted loved ones as the offshore patrol vessel returned to the UK after spending her last three years of service as Falkland Islands guardship. Dumbarton Castle was the last but one serving British warship to have seen action in the Falklands war, so she was no stranger to the stormy waters of the South Atlantic.

Lt Cdr Ian Lynn, the ship’s commanding officer, said the crew were “a fantastic bunch of individuals”, and added, “it has been a huge honour being the final captain of this historic vessel.”