I Name This Ship -

#1
USS JOHN WAYNE, USS NIMITZ, USS JOHN F. KENNEDY etc
The Americans have been doing it for years. Well, now it's
the turn of us Englanders to name our Ships, Submarines, RFA's
and Military hardware after our own *famous* people and celebrities.
So here we are - on the slipway, preparing to give our first one its name.
Do the speech bit, bash the bow with the champers bottle and watch with
pride as it glides down the slipway:-

(e.g.)

"I name this frigate HMS BERNARD MANNING. He did an awful lot of good
work for charity and helped to forge long-lasting relations with people
from many foreign lands. This frigate will always remind us of Bernard,
who often said:
"FRIG IT!! - I'LL TAKE THE FRIGGIN' PI** OUT OF WHO THE FRIG I
FRIGGIN' WANT TO, AND IF YOU DON'T FRIGGIN' LIKE IT, THEN YOU
CAN FRIG OFF, AND FRIG THE FRIGGIN' LOT OF YOU!"

"God help any ethnic minorities who sail in her."




Who would you name a ship/submarine/RFA/tank/weapon of war after then? :biggrin:
 

tufty

Lantern Swinger
#2
Well if we're going to smash bottles of fizz on the bow then follow that with 'splice the mainbrace' then there's HMS George Best ...
 
#3
Why not go for commercial sponsorhip:

HMS HMV

or

HMS VIRGIN...

(That will be some interesting cap tallies!)

Personally I think that HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Queen Elizabeth should be called HMS Eagle and HMS Hermes, not out of any disrespect, but simply due to the size of the cap tallies!
 

KATWEEZIL

Lantern Swinger
#5
Definitely the following

HMS Bader

HMS Montgomery

HMS Harris (New Trident replacement?)

HMS Mountbatten (All gay crew)

HMS Thatcher (Getting topical now!)

and for the aircraft carriers...

HMS Healy & HMS Wilson ... If for no other reason than to show that Jack has a wicked sense of humour :joker: :joker:
 
#7
The Elmers name a lot of their vessels after war heroes or important political figures - I can understand WINSTON CHURCHILL, but God help us if we follow the trend - HMS HAROLD WILSON, MARGARET THATCHER, or JOHN MAJOR ? If so will we have a HMS EDWINA CURRIE as a sister ship ??
 
#8
In the 18th and 19th Century it was fairly common practise to use names of contemporary Admirals for HM Ships.
To the best of my knowledge, only one HM Ship has been named after a 20th Century Admiral - HMS Kelly.
Two KGV Class Battleships were originally to be named Beatty and Jellicoe, but those names were not used and they were named Anson and Howe. (Jutland controversy?).
Should not distinguished WW2 Admirals such as Cunningham, Fraser, Ramsay and Tovey be so honoured to commemorate their services?
 

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