This week Luke wrote a short blog post explaining the letter he wrote to Secretary of State for Defence Sir Michael Fallon, calling for one of the eight new Type 26 Frigates to be named HMS Plymouth.
"Hello #Plymouth – this month I wrote to Sir Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defence to ask that one of the eight new Type 26 Frigates be named HMS Plymouth. As the son of the submariner, I've always had huge respect for our Armed Forces and know the sacrifices hardworking men and women make for our country. Plymouth has a proud naval heritage and today, HMNB Devenport remains the largest naval base in Western Europe - home to half the nation’s frigates. But it’s been almost thirty years since a Royal Navy ship was named after our great city. The last commissioned in 1959 was a Type 12 Frigate serving in the Falklands. To name a new warship HMS Plymouth would be a fitting tribute to recognise Plymouth’s ongoing contributions to our Armed Forces and to our local men and women who keep us safe. This campaign was started by my predecessor. I backed it then and am proud to continue it. You can read the letter I sent to Michael Fallon earlier this month below. Let me know your thoughts."
You can see the full letter below