A FORMER sailor from Ellesmere Port was among those who said a final goodbye to the ship on which they went to war.
On Saturday, around 50 ex-naval personnel boarded HMS Intrepid, which saw front-line action in the Falklands conflict and is now in Bootle’s Canada Graving Dock where engineers will dismantle and recycle her.
She is the first naval warship to be recycled in more than a decade.
Commissioned in 1965, the 12,000-tonne warship had been taken out of service before the Falklands crisis erupted.
But leading Marine engineer Mark Taylor, from Ellesmere Port, remembers the crew being “thrown together” as the ship re-entered service ahead of sailing to the South Atlantic.
Mr Taylor, 46, said: “She was a fine ship. Anyone who served on Intrepid remembers her well. There was a general air of camaraderie. She will be remembered throughout the fleet.”
Intrepid was heavily involved in the San Carlos Bay landings during the conflict. Under cover of night, she inserted SAS and SBS elite forces onto the islands. In the daylight, she was targeted by Argentine jets and shot down two of the planes attacking her.
On Saturday, Mr Taylor and other former seamen were given unfettered access to the vessel by Leavesley International, which will break her up over the next five months.