ROYAL Navy chiefs chose a historic ship for their annual meeting.
Hartlepool was picked as the destination for Commodores Richard Baum, Jamie Miller and Martin Atherton to gather with Rear Admiral Christopher Hockley.
They picked the town due to HMS Trincomalee, which is berthed at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, off Marina Way, which is the oldest floating warship in the country that has a long history with the Royal Navy.
Rear Admiral Hockley is the senior officer for the Royal Navy in his role as Flag Officer for Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland.
There are Commodores for each of the areas and they all meet every 12 months, with the town’s historic ship seen as the perfect place to hold discussions this year.
Retired Commodore Paul Sutermeister, who is now vice chairman of HMS Trincomalee Trust, said: “It was the turn of the northern area of England to host and they chose the Trincomalee.
“It’s quite a coup for the area and shows the historic links the ship has with the Royal Navy. After all, it was built by them in 1817 and is the oldest British warship afloat.”
David McKnight, HMS Trincomalee Trust general manager, added: “It’s a huge honour to get this recognition from the Royal Navy, but it’s also good for the town.
“It reflects very well on the profile of Hartlepool.”