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Future Surface Combatant

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the first Future Surface Combatant will enter service. (243501)

It is departmental policy to release in-service dates only for those vessels for which the main investment decision has been taken. The Future Surface Combatant programme has not yet reached this stage. However, on current plans, we expect the first vessel to enter service around the end of the next decade.