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HMS Caroline plans afoot

In reply to the letter ‘HMS Caroline is important too’ (August 10), the Government is, in fact, making plans to remove HMS Caroline from Belfast.

On July 15, Lord Laird asked Baroness Taylor (under-secretary at the Ministry of Defence) what were the Government’s plans for HMS Caroline.

Baroness Taylor’s reply was:

“We are exploring with the National Museum of the Royal Navy whether it would be willing to assume responsibility for the ship, not as a commissioned warship but as a historically important example of naval power from the World War I. This decision is dependent on the provision of National Lottery funding for the Royal Navy National Museum and is also determined by timescales set by the Belfast City Council. At this stage it would be premature to announce any decision, however, we should have a clearer idea about its plans in December 2009.”

As Sherlock Holmes would say, “The game is afoot.”

JOHN COLLINS

Belfast

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