Scroll marks city’s ties with Royal Navy ships

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THE ties between Portsmouth and her Royal Navy ships have been strengthened with the signing of a new affiliation.

With the signing of a scroll, the city has now been formally affiliated with all 41 ships which make up the navy’s Portsmouth fleet.

The agreement was signed on board Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan, the Royal Navy’s newest ship, in a ceremony yesterday.

It was signed by representatives of the navy and city council, including Second Sea Lord Vice-Admiral David Steel and council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson.

Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: ‘I want the city to be tied in with the life of the crew for the sake of their families.

‘We need to do something to recognise the pressures families are put under when their loved ones are at sea for months on end. I think today is hugely important and this affiliation is great for the future.’

Commander James Stride, the commanding officer of HMS Duncan, said: ‘The people of Portsmouth love the navy and today reaffirms their affiliation with the navy.

‘It is fantastic to be a part of that.’