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Warships

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) in-service dates and (b) current out-of-service dates are for each (i) submarine, (ii) frigate and (iii) destroyer in the Royal Navy. (258922)

It is departmental policy to release in-service dates only for those vessels for which the main investment decision has been taken. Our present planning assumptions, which are routinely updated as required, are as follows:

Submarines

The MOD currently plans to procure seven Astute submarines. Four submarines are on contract, and in various stages of production at BAE Systems Submarine Solutions facilities at Barrow-in-Furness. The planned in-service dates for HMS Astute, the First of Class, Ambush, Artful and Audacious are subject to continuing detailed review by MOD, BAE Systems and other key stakeholders.

Frigates

The Royal Navy’s current Type 22 and Type 23 frigates will be replaced by the Future Surface Combatant but the programme has not yet reached the main investment decision stage. However, on current plans, we expect the first vessel to enter service around the end of the next decade.

Destroyers

Type 45

Name

In-service date

HMS Daring

2010

HMS Dauntless

2011

HMS Diamond

2012

HMS Dragon

2012

HMS Defender

2013

HMS Duncan

2014

Our present planning assumptions for out-of-service dates are as follows:

Submarines

Vanguard class

It is not possible to give precise out of service dates for the four Vanguard class submarines. As indicated in the December 2006 White Paper on the future of the United Kingdom’s nuclear deterrent we believe that we can extend the original design life by around five years and that accordingly the first Vanguard class submarine would go out of service around 2022 and the second around 2024 and work is ongoing to determine the optimum out of service dates for the remaining two.

Swiftsure class

Name

Out-of-service date

HMS Sceptre

2010

Trafalgar class

Name

Out-of-service date

HMS Trafalgar

2009

HMS Turbulent

2011

HMS Tireless

2013

HMS Torbay

2015

HMS Trenchant

2017

HMS Talent

2019

HMS Triumph

2022

Frigates

Type 22

Name

Out-of-service date

HMS Cornwall

2019

HMS Campbeltown

2020

HMS Cumberland

2021

HMS Chatham

2022

Type 23

Name

Out-of-service date

HMS Argyll

2023

HMS Lancaster

2024

HMS Iron Duke

2025

HMS Monmouth

2026

HMS Montrose

2027

HMS Westminster

2028

HMS Northumberland

2029

HMS Richmond

2030

HMS Somerset

2031

HMS Sutherland

2033

HMS Kent

2034

HMS Portland

2035

HMS St. Albans

2036

Destroyers

Type 42

Name

Out-of-service date

HMS Exeter

2009

HMS Nottingham

2010

HMS Manchester

2011

HMS Gloucester

2011

HMS Liverpool

2012

HMS York

2012

HMS Edinburgh

2013