The 44-year-old Royal Navy ship HMS Fearless, which had a brief appearance in Roger Moore’s third James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me, is finally headed for the scrapyard.
The BBC News reports that the ship will be scrapped in Belgium, where as much of it as possible will be recycled.
The 12,000-tonne ship served in both the Falklands conflict in 1982 and the first Gulf war in 1990. CBn reported back in March 2002 that the the ship was scheduled to be decommissioned in Portsmouth.
Former Royal Marine Colin Waite, who served on HMS Fearless during the Falklands War, is calling for the ship to be saved for historic reasons. He recalled that it was key to victory as, along with HMS Intrepid, it landed troops onto shore.
‘It is sad because she is a ship with more history than most. You had the special forces based on Fearless, as well as all the command and control, she was the pivotal point in that war.’
007 fans best know it as the ship that rescues James Bond and Anya Amasova at the very end of The Spy Who Loved Me.