Two new Royal Navy ships named after Sheffield and Newcastle

The name of a future world-beating British warship has been revealed as HMS Sheffield.

As Britain’s fifth state-of-the-art Type 26 frigate, this state-of-the-art submarine hunter will be the fourth ship to carry the name.

Elsewhere, defence secretary Gavin Williamson announced that the sixth ship would be called HMS Newcastle during a trip to the Tyne.

These two new ships will join HMS Glasgow, HMS Belfast, HMS Cardiff, HMS Birmingham and HMS London, while the name of the seventh and final ship has yet to be announced.

Defence minister Stuart Andrew, who announced the name of HMS Sheffield, said the ship would be at the forefront of the Royal Navy for decades to come, providing cutting edge protection for Britain’s aircraft carriers and nuclear deterrent.

He commented: “From north to south, these ships are truly a national endeavour, built on centuries of British expertise and supporting thousands of businesses across the UK.

“Defence boosts the economy of Yorkshire and the Humber economy by £232 million every year and it’s only right the region’s significant contribution to our national security is recognised by the naming of HMS Sheffield.”

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