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Black Sea role lined up for city warship.

THE last HMS Coventry could be put to use in the war on terrorism.

The Ministry of Defence today confirmed that negotiations were progressing with the Romanian Ministry of National Defence over plans to sell both HMS Coventry and HMS London to the East European country.

The sixth HMS Coventry was decommissioned in January and the Evening Telegraph and Lord Mayor Dave Chater are campaigning to have a new ship named after the city.

If the sale goes ahead, the use of the two Type-22 frigates will improve Romania's naval capabilities in the Black Sea.

An MoD spokesman said: "Buying these ships will make the Romanian Navy compatible with NATO specifications.

"NATO is encouraging stability in this region as a vital part of the war on terrorism."

Cllr Chater said: "There is no doubt the ship was past its sell-by date in terms of the modern Navy and it's great to see it put to such good use."

lThe last days of HMS Coventry are the focus of a TV documentary tonight.

The BBC2 Midlands Report - Godiva's Warship - gives an exclusive look at the ship's last days in the Caribbean, where it helped to tackle cocaine smugglers.

Another BBC report today claims 11 former crew members of the HMS Coventry sunk in the Falklands have since committed suicide.
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Date:Mar 5, 2002
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