Warship hopes for gold standard home

The Falklands veteran may have found a final resting place

Plans to moor a historic warship in Plymouth as a memorial to UK seafarers lost in the Falklands War may be realised after all. Earlier hopes of mooring the frigate HMS Plymouth in Millbay Docks were dashed, but Warship Management Ltd (WML) says it is optimistic that a berth will be found for her in the Sutton Harbour area.

Plymouth City Council, which owns the land adjacent to the Barbican, is expected to approve the scheme later this month. Mike Critchley, WML’s chairman, said that Sutton Harbour is the gold standard choice to berth HMS Plymouth.

The ship played an important role in the war 25 years ago, and the surrender of Argentine forces in South Georgia was signed in her wardroom. She has been looking for a new home since being displaced from her berth in Birkenhead last year by a new housing development.