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Navy: Deployment

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average unit tour interval was for each ship type in the Royal Navy over the last eight years. (249708)

The average tour unit interval by surface ship type, defined as a ship being away from its base port for more than three months, from 2003 for which information is available is as follows (rounded to the nearest month):

Months

Land Platform Dock

17

Landing Platform Dock Helicopter

20

CVS

33

Destroyers

T42

16

Frigates

T22

14

T23

14

Mine Counter Measures Vessels

14

HMS Endurance

5

Exceptions

Survey Vessels have up to two and a half year deployments.

River Class Patrol Vessels on Fishery Protection undertake eight week (approx) taskings.

Falkland Island Patrol Vessel permanently deployed.