WE need another HMS Gloucester - that is the message from Gloucester MP Richard Graham.
Mr Graham has called for one of the new Type 26 frigates to be named as the 11th HMS Gloucester.
The City MP said “nothing would be more appropriate” in Parliament during Defence Questions on Tuesday.
He said: “I wanted to flag up early the interest in our city for having an HMS Gloucester Type 26 frigate.
“There are many benefits to our nation in having links between cities, citizens and Royal Navy ships.
“The history of HMS Gloucester and our city has existed for 360 years and the restoration of that link would be widely welcomed.”
Defence Minister Philip Dunne said Mr Graham had made “a very powerful case” but emphasised that the main investment decision on the proposed design of the Type 26 frigate is expected by the end of 2014.
He said that no decision has been taken on whether to name the frigates after cities.
Mr Graham’s call for an 11th HMS Gloucester has been supported by those within the naval industry in Gloucester.
Mike Humphries, treasurer of Gloucester’s Royal Navy Association Club, who served in the navy for 12 years, said:“It would be good for the whole country. Anything that puts Gloucester back on the map is a good thing.”
“We need another HMS Gloucester”
Andrew Harding, chairman of the Gloucester Sea Cadets, added: “I think it is a great idea.
“It is always a good thing to give Gloucester recognition.
“It would be great for the city and it would also be good for the sea cadets as we sometimes get to visit our named ships.”
The first HMS Gloucester was launched by the Commonwealth in 1654, as a mark of respect for the role of the Siege of Gloucester in the Civil War.
The tenth HMS Gloucester was a Type 42 destroyer launched by HRH Duchess of Gloucester in 1982 and de-commissioned in 2011.
It played a key role in the Gulf War of 1991 when it destroyed an Iraqi Silkworm missile seconds before it hit an American warship.