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Warships: Deployment

Volume 470: debated on Monday 7 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what studies have been undertaken of deployment schedules for (a) aircraft carriers, (b) assault vessels, (c) destroyers, (d) frigates and other (e) warships and (f) auxiliary vessels with a view to keeping them tied up in port. (137889)

[holding answer 17 December 2007]: Deployment plans for all Royal Navy ships and Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels are kept under continuous review in the light of operational demands and maintenance requirements. In addition, a range of options relating to ship readiness states and activity levels are considered in the Department’s annual planning rounds. No decisions have yet been taken in the current planning round concerning specific deployment schedules.