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Given the steady shrinkage of the British Navy there are very few ships in the build pipeline that are open to naming.
The Type 26 Frigates have potential as they seem to be going for ‘Town’ names, with Glasgow, Belfast & Cardiff already announced. London and/ or York would be good bets for other names in the class, but no more than eight are planned (and even that low number may not be achieved), so competition for naming will be intense. Then there is the cheaper & simpler Type 31 Frigate, of which up to five may be ordered, and for which no naming policy has been announced. The MPs for Portsmouth are probably a good starting point for any ship name lobbying.