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24 September 2014
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Midlands Report- Godiva's Warship

Tuesday 5 March, 7.30-8.00pm, BBC TWO (West Midlands)
*Available on non-digital BBC TWO through an aerial*

HMS Coventry, the sixth ship to bear that name, ended its navy career just before Christmas with a decommissioning ceremony. That in itself was a momentous occasion, as the previous two ships were lost at sea - one during the Second World War off Tobruk, and the other sunk by Argentinean jets off the Falklands.

Peter Wilson was on HMS Coventry during its last deployment in the Caribbean. In Godiva’s Warship he talks to the ship’s Captain and crew to find out what it means to serve on a ship bearing the name of a city - indeed, a city from where many of the ship’s crew actually come.

As well as showing onboard activities from fire drills to the transfer of fuel, there are sequences of the last voyage. This includes the story of a successful capture of a drug-running "go-fast" boat off the Belize coast, containing a haul of cocaine.

HMS Coventry is a victim of the Navy’s strategic defence review. There is even talk it may be sold to the Romanian Navy and become the first ever UK ship to go to a former Communist state. It seems unlikely that another ship could bear the Coventry name for several years.

Undaunted however, the Mayor of Coventry has formally announced a campaign to lobby for the seventh HMS Coventry - and over 40 MPs are supporting him.



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