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Navy: Deployment

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many warships are fully operational in the Royal Navy; and if he will make a statement. (126534)

The Royal Navy has 74 surface warships in the operating cycle, though those undergoing maintenance or refit are held at lower readiness for operations. In my letter of 6 March to the hon. Member for New Forest, East (Dr. Lewis), I set out the readiness policy for Royal naval ships, and listed those ships that are at lower readiness. A copy of the letter has been placed in the Library of the House.