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Royal Navy: Portsmouth

Volume 692: debated on Tuesday 12 June 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their assessment of the strategic implications of any closure of Portsmouth naval base in terms of capacity for rapid and flexible deployment of the fleet and the concentration of personnel, ships and equipment in the two remaining naval bases. [HL4068]

The naval base review is not yet complete and, as such, no conclusions have yet been reached. A number of factors are being taken into account as part of the review, not least the requirement to maintain a rapidly deployable and flexible naval fleet, and the concentration of Royal Navy personnel, ships and other equipment.