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Warships

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the out-of-service dates are for each mine countermeasures vessel; and what the projected in-service dates are for each successor vessel. (267788)

Our present planning assumptions, which are routinely updated as required, are provided in the following table:

Name

Out of service date

Hunt class

HMS Ledbury

2019

HMS Cattistock

2020

HMS Brocklesbury

2020

HMS Chiddingfold

2020

HMS Middleton

2020

HMS Hurworth

2022

HMS Atherstone

2022

HMSQuorn

2023

Sandown class

HMS Walney

2017

HMS Penzance

2023

HMS Pembroke

2023

HMS Grimsby

2024

HMS Bangor

2024

HMS Ramsey

2025

HMS Blyth

2026

HMS Shoreham

2026

Our future requirements for maritime mine detection and clearance are under consideration and our capabilities will be developed over the coming years in order to best meet those requirements.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for which (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels orders have been placed since May 1997. (267789)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 444-48W, to the hon. Member for Woodspring (Dr. Fox).

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planned future numbers are of Royal Navy (a) destroyers, (b) frigates and (c) attack submarines. (267790)

The planned future number of destroyers is six Type 45 Daring class. The number of frigates to be procured under the Future Surface Combatant programme will be decided as part of the main investment decision. The planned future number of attack submarines is seven Astute class.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the crew totals are for (a) Astute and (b) Trafalgar-class submarines, (c) Type 45 and (d) Type 42 destroyers, (e) current aircraft carriers, (f) future aircraft carriers, (g) future surface combatants and (h) Type 23 frigates. (267792)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 13 November 2007, Official Report, column 129W, to the hon. Member for Woodspring (Dr. Fox). Manning levels of ships are adjusted according to their task and detailed statistics on these manning judgments are not held centrally.