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Type 45 Destroyers: Deployment

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Type 45 destroyers will be able to be deployed simultaneously if the total built is (a) six, (b) seven and (c) eight; and if he will make a statement. (206329)

[holding answer 20 May 2008]: For a fleet of six Type 45 destroyers we would expect that one ship would usually be in deep maintenance, leaving up to five available for deployment at various states of readiness. Following the Department's 2008 planning round, we no longer intend to take up the option to place orders for further Type 45 warships.