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Navy: Deployment

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy ships are in service; how many were in service in 1997; and if he will make a statement. (126293)

In August 1997 the Royal Navy had 98 ships in service. The Royal Navy currently has 75 ships in service although HMS Invincible is held at low readiness. These totals include: landing platform docks, landing platform helicopter, aircraft carriers, destroyers, frigates, mine countermeasures ships, river class offshore patrol vessels, inshore patrol craft, survey ships and the royal yacht.