Cameron gives Sarkozy Libya shell casing


British prime minister David Cameron gave French president Nicolas Sarkozy a warship shell casing today as a gift to mark the one year anniversary of the Libyan revolution.

The high-explosive remnant is one of just three recovered from the 209 shells fired from HMS Liverpool during its involvement in Libya.

Mr Cameron holds one, and British defence secretary Philip Hammond has the other.

Its inscription reads: “Presented by the prime minister to president Sarkozy on the occasion of the UK-France summit and the first anniversary of the Libyan revolution, 17 February 2012.”

HMS Liverpool, based in Portsmouth, Hampshire, was the first Navy vessel to be fired on for 30 years while it was off Libya last year.