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Julian Lewis (Shadow Minister, Defence; New Forest East, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what future roles are planned for the five Type 23 frigates which are not to be fitted with Sonar 2087; and what the scheduled out-of-service date is for each of these ships.

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Adam Ingram (Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence; East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow, Labour)

HM Ships Montrose, Monmouth, Iron Duke, Lancaster and Argyll are not scheduled to receive Sonar 2087. These ships will be employed across the normal range of standing strategic, home and overseas commitments. These include Fleet Ready Escort duties around home waters, operational deployments to the Gulf and Arabian Sea, and standing tasks in the South Atlantic (APT(S)), Caribbean (APT(N)) and within NATO's Standing Maritime Group in the Mediterranean (SNMG2). They will also continue to contribute to the UK's Maritime Joint Rapid Reaction Force (JRRF) held at high readiness for contingent operations, and deploy on pre-planned activities as JRRF elements within a Task Group.

On current plans the ships will be withdrawn from service in:

Date
HMS Argyll 2019
HMS Lancaster 2019
HMS Iron Duke 2020
HMS Monmouth 2021
HMS Montrose 2021

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