HMS Active, a Royal Navy frigate which survived active duty in the Falklands War, has met its end during a Pakistan navy drill.
The Type 21 frigate – decommissioned by the Royal Navy in 1994 and sold to Pakistan which renamed her the PNS Shah Jahan – was blown up in a training exercise on January 12.
Video released by the Pakistan Navy showed the ship being struck by a torpedo in the North Arabian Sea before splitting in half and disappearing beneath the waves.
‘So sad,’ one Twitter user wrote. ‘Served on her from 89-91 and saw her in Bahrain in 2013. Great memories of my time onboard.’
The navy drill on January 12 saw the Pakistan Navy Fleet firing live weapons, with the frigate among the targets that were destroyed with anti-ship missiles and torpedoes.
Video of the military exercise shows a missile being launched by the Pakistani Navy fleet which flies across the North Arabian Sea.
It hits the frigate which subsequently breaks in half from the impact.
In a statement, the Pakistan Navy said: ‘In an impressive fire power display, #PakNavy demonstrated combat readiness & War Fighting capabilities through Live Weapon Firing at North Arabian Sea.
‘Missiles & Torpedoes launched from #PakNavy Submarines successfully engaged intended targets.’
The Navy Lookout tweeted: ‘Pakistani Navy has destroyed PNS Shah Jahan during SINKEX in the Arabian sea.
‘Type 21 frigate, ex-HMS Active transferred to Pakistan 1994.’
HMS Active was commissioned in July 1977 and went on to participate in the Falklands War, departing on May 10, 1982.
Following its service in the Falklands War, Active was decommission in September 1994.
It was sold to Pakistan the same month and renamed the Shah Jahan.
HMS Triumph arriving Sydney on one of her rare visits
HMS Triumph was a Royal Navy Colossus-class light fleet aircraft carrier. She served in the Korean War and later, after reconstruction, as a support ship.