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A former Royal Navy ship departs Britain to be recycled in Belgium

A former Royal Navy ship, which served in the Falklands conflict and first Gulf War in 1990, is on its way to Belgium to be recycled. The 12,000-tonne vessel, Fearless, is to be scrapped after 44 years service. Fearless has been moored in Portsmouth Harbour since leaving service in 2002. It will be replaced by the much larger assault ship, HMS Bulwark. Van Heyghen Recycling was selected as the preferred bidder by the MoDs Disposal Services Authority (DSA) following an open competition. The company was selected against a range of criteria that included a guarantee to recycle as much of this ship as possible. Van Heyghen can now apply for all necessary approvals to carry out this work. The contract will not be placed until these permissions have been secured and the MoD is satisfied that the work can be carried out in compliance with UK and European Union (EU) laws. Minister of Defence equipment and support Lord Drayson said: The selection of Van Heyghen Recycling as the preferred bidder for the salvage of Fearless demonstrates our commitment to reprocessing military equipment in an environmentally friendly way. These arrangements are fully compliant with EU legislation and international treaties concerning the safe treatment of waste.

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