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Warships: Procurement

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which vessels are currently on order for (a) the Royal Navy and (b) the Royal Fleet Auxiliary; and what the anticipated in-service date is of each. (248531)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 19 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1053-54W, to the hon. Member for Chorley (Mr. Hoyle) which provides details of Royal Navy vessels currently on order and the in-service dates.

Vessels procured as part of the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) Programme will replace elements of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. As the hon. Member will be aware from the Equipment Examination announcement on 11 December 2008, Official Report, column 65WS, we are currently reviewing the overall MARS requirement and procurement options, and any resultant implications for the current international competition for the Fleet Tanker element. We expect to determine a way forward later this year.