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HMS "Caroline"

Volume 714: debated on Thursday 12 November 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a decision has been taken about the future of the naval training ship HMS Caroline in Belfast; and, if not, when the decision will be made. [HL6042]

Following the Answer given by my noble friend Lady Taylor to the noble Lord on 15 July (Official Report, col. WA224), and recognising the unique heritage value of HMS “Caroline”, the trustees of the national museum of the Royal Navy have agreed to broker a heritage solution to the ship's future. This process will take some time, but I would hope to be in a position to announce the plans for the ship in the spring. In the mean time the ship will remain in the commission of the Royal Navy.