The MP for Colchester has made an appeal in the House of Commons for one of the Navy's new frigates to be named after the town.
Will Quince told Defence Secretary Michael Fallon: "We've waited patiently since 1746."
The government has announced plans to build five new type 31 e- class frigates and there is a long tradition of naming Royal Navy ships after towns and counties.
The last HMS Colchester sank in the North Sea almost 300 years ago and there have been various campaigns over the years to have another ship named after the town.
Mr Quince said when he recently asked if one of the new type 26 frigates could be named HMS Colchester, "I got a very polite and pleasant response from the undersecretary of state saying 'no', but I am nothing but persistent."
Mr Fallon said he would bear in mind his request.
"If he's waited since 1746 perhaps he can wait a little longer."