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Warships

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date Sea Dart missiles were removed from (a) HMS Exeter and (b) HMS Southampton. (210668)

HMS Exeter had her Sea Dart missiles offloaded in July 2007 and HMS Southampton’s were removed January 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what operations (a) HMS Exeter and (b) HMS Southampton have taken part in over the last six months. (210669)

During the last six months HMS Exeter has been deployed on a NATO led Operation Active Endeavour in the Eastern Mediterranean. HMS Southampton has not taken part in any operations in the last six months.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many days (a) HMS Exeter and (b) HMS Southampton were (i) out to sea and (ii) undergoing maintenance in the last six months. (210670)

Between 10 December 2007 and 10 June 2008 HMS Exeter was out at sea for 53 days and undergoing maintenance for 20 days. HMS Southampton was out at sea for 34 days and undergoing maintenance for 46 days. The remainder of their time was spent alongside on port visits, leave, trials and work up periods.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects Sea Dart missiles to be returned to (a) HMS Southampton and (b) HMS Exeter. (210672)

I am withholding the information as its disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces. HMS Exeter and HMS Southampton continue to be armed with weapon system capabilities required to meet their tasking.