28/09/2017

New Royal Navy Warship To Be Named 'HMS Belfast'

A new Royal Navy warship is to be named 'HMS Belfast'.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon made the announcement during a trip to Harland and Wolff in Belfast.

The ship will be one of eight new Type 26 frigates joining the Navy's fleet. It will be used to protect the UK's nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers.
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Sir Michael said: "I'm hugely proud that the second name announced of our eight cutting-edge new Type 26 frigates will be HMS Belfast. She and her sister ships will form the backbone of our Navy well into the 2060s, keeping us safe by protecting the country's nuclear deterrent and new aircraft carriers.

"It's apt to name this ship at the famous site which built the very first HMS Belfast. Thanks to our ambitious new National Shipbuilding Strategy, this shipyard once again has the chance to be involved in building a British warship thanks to the competition to build a new class of light frigates for our growing Royal Navy."

(CD/LM)

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