HMS Liverpool, which has been retired after 30 years of service, made a visit to the city last week– though hopefully not for the last time.
I have started a campaign to keep the destroyer, which was built in Birkenhead, on the banks of the Mersey for people across the city to enjoy.
In a letter to the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond I urged him to preserve HMS Liverpool at a permanent mooring in the City of Liverpool.
The ship is a source of great pride for the people of Liverpool and it belongs in our great city. It would be a tremendous draw for tourists and visitors and would fit in magnificently with the regenerated waterfront.
Peter Luff, the Minister for Defence Equipment, responded to my letter saying that the ship would first be put up for a:
“Government-to-Government sale for further use as a warship by a foreign navy”.
He went on to say:
“If no interest is received from other Governments, the Disposal Services Authority will then examine other options, including bids from the commercial market”.
The ship has a long and honoured history, having served in the Iraq War, guarded the Falklands and enforced a no fly zone over Libya.
I will continue to fight for HMS Liverpool to return to her namesake city.