HMS Bristol

Designed to defend a class of aircraft carriers which were never built, HMS Bristol was the only Type 82 destroyer ever built for the Royal Navy.

She served her nation for 20 years – and saw action in the Falklands in 1982 – in an air defence/command ship role before she was decommissioned in 1991.

Two years later she was converted into a training and accommodation ship to replace HMS Kent.

Today, recently refitted, she is moored at the tip of Whale Island in Portsmouth Harbour.

Hosting up to 17,000 visitors, including Sea Cadets, annually for 50 weeks a year, she provides the closest thing to a sea-going experience without leaving port.