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Naval Vessels Under Repair
31 January 2001
Volume 621
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asked Her Majesty's Government:How many of Her Majesty's ships are available for operations; and how many ships by type are undergoing extensive inspection, second line repair or long-term modifications and maintenance. [HL397]

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As at 22 January 2001, 71 surface ships and four submarines (including three Vanguard class) were available for operations and of these 12 were undergoing short-term assisted upkeep, which is similar in nature to second line repair. These were, broken down by type, as follows:

  • Frigates and Destroyers: 8
  • Mine Counter Measures Vessels: 3
  • Survey Vessel: 1
A further 11 surface ships and 11 submarines were undergoing periods of combined long-term modifications, maintenance and inspection. These numbers, which include those Swiftsure and Trafalgar Class submarines undergoing repair for the surge line pintle defect, are as follows:

  • Aircraft Carrier: 1
  • Landing Platform Docking: 1
  • Landing Platform Helicopter: 1
  • Frigates and Destroyers: 4
  • Survey Vessel: 1
  • Mine Counter Measures Vessels: 2
  • Offshore Patrol Vessel: 1
  • Submarines: 11