A ship that faced danger in the Falklands war has left Portsmouth for the breaker's yard.
With the green light from the Environment Agency, Royal Fleet Auxiliary Brambleleaf was towed out of the harbour yesterday afternoon.
The 40,870 tonne support tanker was commissioned in February 1980 and has recently been docked in Portsmouth.
But she made her name in the freezing waters of the South Atlantic as she supplied warships on the frontline.
The 171-metre vessel, now bound for Belgium, replenished ships with fuel as they battled Argentina's forces.
Spotters gathered at Portsmouth's Round Tower yesterday afternoon to remember her important role.