Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 17 October 2017.

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Photo of Gavin Robinson Gavin Robinson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria are used when twinning a naval vessel with a UK city; and for what purpose such twining is undertaken.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

UK cities, by nature of their population and diversity, provide an opportunity for the Royal Navy to form affiliations with large numbers of the society they protect, represent, and recruit from. All these are points that are considered as part of the affiliation process.

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