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Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Royal Navy vessels are (a) listed and (b) scheduled for future withdrawal from the fleet. [1113191

All Royal Navy vessels have a scheduled withdrawal date at some stage in the future when their capability is replaced by another platform. The listed Royal Navy vessels have been withdrawn from the Fleet but their final destination has yet to be determined:

  • HMS Scylla: replaced by Type 23 Frigates
  • HMS Boxer: replaced by Type 23 Frigates
  • HMS Brave: replaced by Type 23 Frigates
  • HMS Intrepid: to be replaced by Landing Platform Dock (LPD(R))
  • HMS Fearless: HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark
In line with the 1998 Strategic Defence Review (SDR) recommendations, a force level reduction of two submarines (SSN) is planned by 2006.The Ministry of Defence routinely considers changes to the Defence programme to ensure the required level of capability is maintained to meet its current and contingent operations. Improvements currently planned for the Fleet, introducing more modern and capable vessels as replacements for scheduled outgoing capability are:

Three River Class Overseas Patrol Vessels (OPV) will replace the Island Class OPV capability by early 2004. The remaining Island Class OPVs are scheduled to be withdrawn from service having reached their end of service lives.
Four Landing Ship Dock (Auxiliary) vessels are scheduled to enter service between 2004 and 2005, replacing four existing Landing Ship Logistic (LSL) vessels that have completed their planned service lives.