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Royal Navy: Destroyers and Frigates

Volume 688: debated on Monday 22 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many destroyers and frigates have been put into mothballs; and what is the total number of fighting ships of different types in service. [HL1076]

“Mothball” is not a term used by the MoD. I have interpreted it as referring to ships capable of being returned to operational service but for which there is no requirement to do so at this time. The only Royal Navy ship in this category is the aircraft carrier HMS “Invincible”.

The total number of each type of surface ship in the Royal Navy excluding Royal Fleet Auxiliaries is as follows.

Aircraft Carriers

3

Amphibious Assault Ship

1

Landing Platform Dock Ships

2

Type 42 Destroyers Batch 2

4

Type 42 Destroyers Batch 3

4

Type 23 Frigates

13

Type 22 Frigates Batch 3

4

Antarctic Patrol Ship

1

Castle Class Patrol Vessel

1

River Class Patrol Vessels

3

Survey Vessels

5

Sandown Class Minehunters

8

Hunt Class Minehunters

8

Archer Class Fast Training Boats (University Royal Navy Units)

14

Cyprus and Gibraltar Squadrons

4