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Warships

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it remains his policy to retain for the long-term a fleet of 25 destroyers and frigates. (193137)

[holding answer 11 March 2008]: While the Defence programme is regularly reviewed and updated, we currently plan to retain a fleet of 25 destroyers and frigates. The number of ships in service at any given time will vary as the older Type 42 destroyers are replaced by the more capable Type 45s.