St Nazaire veterans Bill 'Tiger' Watson MC and Stephen Barney seem to have been given an enjoyable day out in their twilight years and no less than they deserved. The film of the raid highlighted some amazing acts of bravery and this rare strike against the Germans in occupied France raised spirits immensely during one of the darkest periods of the war.
And shows no imagination by the MOD.
A fitting send-off would have been sail her in. Entire Ships company "charges" ashore and creates "mayhem" followed a few hours later by a fireworks display off the decks of the Campbelltown.
Then an E&E exercise across France. It might have taken some time for some to make their way back but its not as if the RN have got ships waiting for them, is it?
The crewless ship could have then been towed back by tugs to the scrapyard.
IMHO that would have been a fitting final voyage for a ship with that name.