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The Ship's motto 'Bon Espoir' means Good Hope and was the motto of Edmund Langley, the First Duke of York 1341-1402, who was the fifth son of Edward III.

York was the last of the Type 42 destroyers to be built for the Royal Navy. Launched in 1982 and accepted into service in March 1985, she is the twelfth ship in the Royal Navy to bear the name. Very proud of such a historic name, the ship has a strong affiliation with the City of York who bestowed the Freedom of City on the ship in March 1991. The ship's sponsor is Lady Gosling and her charities include the Children's ward, York Hospital and the St. Leonards Hospice, York. She has affilitations with Nestle UK Ltd. and The York Lions to name a few.

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