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Volume 22: debated on Monday 26 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will name the warships that are due to enter service by 1988 and give the date on which their keels were laid down.

All warships currently ordered are expected to be completed before the end of 1988. Not all of these vessels have yet had their keels laid. Details are as follows:

Class and ShipKeel laid
Fleet Submarines (SSNs)
HMS "Trafalgar"25 April 1979
HMS "Turbulent"8 May 1980
HMS "Tireless"28 October 1981
16*26 June 1981
HMS "Illustrious"7 October 1976
HMS "Ark Royal"14 December 1978
Type 42 Destroyers
HMS "Nottingham"6 February 1978
HMS "Liverpool"5 July 1978
HMS "Manchester"19 May 1978
HMS "Gloucester"25 October 1979
HMS "Edinburgh"8 September 1980
HMS "York"18 January 1980
Type 22 Frigates
HMS "Brazen"19 August 1978
HMS "Boxer"5 November 1979
HMS "Beaver"20 June 1980
072 April 1982
08*23 February 1982
HMS "Cottesmore"27 September 1979
HMS "Brocklesby"8 May 1980
HMS "Middleton"1 July 1980
HMS "Dulverton"1 June 1981

Class and Ship

Keel laid


*19 June 1980


* 19 June 1980

Seabed Operations Vessel

HMS "Challenger"21 January 1980

* Order Date.

I cannot speculate on the delivery date of ships not yet ordered.