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HMS Vanguard: Accidents

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for how long HMS Vanguard was non-operational following her recent collision at sea; what the (a) cost of repair and (b) extent of the resultant damage was; and how long the repair work took. (296735)

Repairs to HMS Vanguard, following her collision with FS Le Triomphant earlier this year, were carried out at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde under existing support arrangements with Babcock costing approximately £1 million.

A seven week package of work was undertaken, which included both repairs and planned maintenance. While the work package was completed, HMS Vanguard remained available at the required notice to support the operational programme. I am withholding information about any damage sustained by HMS Vanguard on the grounds of national security.