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Navy: Deployment

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2007, Official Report, column 1359W, on Navy: deployment, whether any other ships are held at low readiness. (134505)

As I made clear in my letter of the 6 March 2007 to the hon. Member for New Forest, East (Dr. Lewis), copies of which were placed in the Library of the House, it is not MOD policy to publish details of the readiness states of individual RN vessels or types. The only exceptions are HMS Invincible and ships in refit: currently HMS Gloucester, HMS Liverpool, HMS Cumberland, HMS Somerset, HMS Iron Duke, HMS Chiddingfold and HMS Grimsby. These eight ships are all at low or very low readiness. In addition, HMS St. Albans is preparing for refit.