Most British troops left the country in 2009, but a small naval force remained to train Iraqi sailors. That Royal Navy mission ends on Sunday.
The British commander in Iraq, Brig. Max Marriner, said "the Iraqi Navy are ready, so now is the time for the U.K. to dress back and let them complete the mission they were created for."
British Defense Secretary Liam Fox paid tribute to the 179 British personnel who have died in Iraq since 2003.