New destroyer is linked to city

PartTimePongo

War Hero
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/4668178.stm

HMS Daring, the first of the Royal Navy's new Type 45 destroyers, is being launched on Wednesday and is being affiliated to the city of Birmingham.
The city's Lord Mayor and city council leader are in Glasgow to see the ship launch on to the River Clyde.

HMS Birmingham was decommissioned in 1999. Council bosses will hand over a plate which once belonged to the ship for luck.

Just one question , why isn't it called "Birmingham" ?

Or is this a class to be called "Daring , Dasher, Duncan, Dainty" etc?
 

exile1

Lantern Swinger
I see they are not going to use Dainty or Diana [old Daring class DD names] probably because they don't sound 'manly enough' but are going to use Dauntless which was the WRNS training establishment :lol:
 

clanky

War Hero
The whole affiliated town thing can be a lottery. On some ships you never get to go to your adopted town, on others you can go there often and get well lashed up. I,ve often heard that one reason to avoid a draft to the Southampton is the fact that its close proximity with its adopted town means that you pull up alongside there with monotonous regularity. One of my recent drafts had Sunderland as an adopted town, which I can heartily reccomend for a day on the pish.
 

Fletch

Badgeman
exile1 said:
I see they are not going to use Dainty or Diana [old Daring class DD names] probably because they don't sound 'manly enough' but are going to use Dauntless which was the WRNS training establishment :lol:

Perhaps she'll be the first to be fully "manned" by the distaff side with a Jenny Skipper. Wonder whatever happened to Lt. Sue Moore the first female skipper (HMS Dasher - Bristol URNU) in the mob. (who I had the pleasure of entertaining aboard my own boat in Calais way back in '99, I think it was !!!!). Nice girl and VERY tiny !!!

:lol:
 
There is still a Sue Moore in the published Navy Lists for 04 and 05. Suggest you give that a look Fletch. If you are so inclined you could look back through the older list and/or the London Gazette.
 

Fletch

Badgeman
Reservist-Monkey said:
There is still a Sue Moore in the published Navy Lists for 04 and 05. Suggest you give that a look Fletch. If you are so inclined you could look back through the older list and/or the London Gazette.

Thanks, Minky, will do !! I don't suppose the Navy List is on a website anywhere, I've has a cursory glance and there doesn't appear to be one.
 

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