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Island Class Ships

Volume 929: debated on Wednesday 6 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what are the operational and maximum speeds of the new Island Class patrol boats.

The operational speed is varied to suit particular circumstances; the maximum speed is 16 knots. This is sufficient for normal patrolling duties, but there are faster ships available, such as frigates, which can be called up to support Island Class vessels if the need arises.