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Date:- 30 October 2006

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HMS Liverpool is now an 08 Ambassador

ON Friday 27 October 2006, HMS Liverpool put into port and berthed in Canada Dock. She has just made history by becoming an ambassador for Liverpool, Capital of Culture, when her commanding officer, Commander Henry Duffy, officially signed up. This is the first ever Royal Navy signing of its kind. HMS Liverpool and her crew are admirably placed to carry the message around the world. They will take their place amongst nearly 3,000 other ambassadors from more than 30 countries, including Ken Dodd, Steve Gerrard, Cherie Blair and Yoko Ono.

HMS Liverpool is a Type 42 destroyer, built on Merseyside and was granted Freedom of the City in May 1983. She has a complement of 280 personnel. In July, HMS Liverpool returned to the UK from a six month deployment to the South Atlantic in July 2006, having protected and supported the UK's interests in West Africa, the Falkland Islands and South America. She has just completed a short deployment to the Baltic in support of Her Majesty the Queen's State Visit to Estonia.

The ship was open to the public on Sunday afternoon, when eager visitors were given access to
an outer deck and to a display of naval equipment. Our editor’s photographs show some of what was on show to the public. The demonstrations caught the imagination of visitors including numerous children. Attentive crew members were on hand to explain the ins and outs of the helicopter, the equipment and life on the high seas.

Available to meet the public were Commander Duffy, a Liverpool man himself and some of his crew, including Lt. Commander, Fiona Shepherd, Logistics Officer and Public Relations Officer, who also revealed Merseyside family connections. Also on deck was Steward Orisi Basiyalo, all of whom appear with Commander Duffy, by the ship’s bell.

Crew members expressed their pleasure at their return visit to Liverpool and their albeit brief chance to explore its offerings, guided by their Merseyside colleagues; themselves enjoying the chance to meet up with friends and family.

Commander Henry Duffy, HMS Liverpool's Commanding Officer, said:- "It is with great pride that I bring HMS Liverpool back to her home city to be an 08 Ambassador. Since our last visit we have steamed tens of thousands of miles supporting the UK's interests and promoting Liverpool's good name around the world. As a local lad, I feel especially privileged to be signing up the ship as an 08 Ambassador and I'm sure my crew will treat our new role with the up most professionalism and pride."

He also said that he looked forward to HMS Liverpool being able to use the new liner terminal when it opens, which he feels will enhance the port.

Councillor Warren Bradley, Leader of Liverpool City Council, said:- "We're delighted HMS Liverpool has joined our growing band of 08 champions. The vessel has been flying the flag for the city all around the world for more than 20 years and I'm delighted she and her crew will be going the extra mile to promote Liverpool 08. I'm sure she will be playing a major part in our celebrations too."

HMS Liverpool sails out on Tuesday. She and her crew make wonderful ambassadors for our City and the UK.


HMS Liverpool

Displacement 4,820 tonnes
Length 125m / 410ft
Beam 14.3m / 47ft
Speed 30kts
Complement 287 (Max.312)
Propulsion COGOG (Combined Gas or Gas) turbines
2 shafts
2 turbines producing 36MW
Armament Twin Sea Dart Missile launcher
114mm (4.5 inch) Mk 8 gun
2 x 20mm Close range guns
  2 x Vulcan Phalanx close in weapons system (CIWS)
  2 x Triple anti submarine torpedo tubes
  NATO Seagnat and DLF3 Decoy Launchers
Sensors Type 1007 & 1008 Navigational Radar
  Type 996 surveillance and target indication radar
  2 x Type 909 Sea Dart tracking radars
  UAT Electronic Surveillance System
Type 2050 active sonar
Aircraft Lynx MK 8 helicopters
  Stingray anti-submarine
  Sea Skua anti-ship missiles
Mk 11 depth charges
Machine guns

Did you know?

  • She is the seventh ship to bear the name

  • Built by Cammell Laird of Birkenhead.
  • Launched on 25 September 1980.
  • Launched by Lady Strathcona, the wife of the then Minister of State for Defence.
  • Her Pennant No. is D92.
  • the tenth of the class of Type 42 Destroyers.
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