In July 2004, my right hon. Friend the then Secretary of State announced plans for a class of eight Type 45 Destroyers, of which six are now on contract. A decision has not yet been made on ordering the seventh and eighth ships but all factors will be taken into account, including the affordability of industry’s proposals, value for money, and the wider implementation of the Maritime Industrial Strategy.
The planned In Service Date (ISD) for the First of Class, Daring, is 2009. The remaining five ships on contract are planned to enter service at intervals over a four-year period following the First of Class ISD.