Laid-up Ships (Maintenance)

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th June 1948.

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Photo of Mr Ronald Ross Mr Ronald Ross , County Londonderry 12:00 am, 16th June 1948

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many ships, and of what classes, have been tested with the new air-tight system of maintenance for ships that are laid up.

Mr. Dugdale:

The upper deck equipment of 16 destroyers is now in a state of preservation by the use of desiccants and air-tight envelopes, and similar preservation is being carried out on nine other destroyers. No ships have yet been fitted with dynamic dehumidification equipment for interior compartments. A number of sets are on order and it is expected that the first set will be delivered towards the end of June. It will be fitted in a destroyer on which preparatory work is proceeding.

Photo of Mr Ronald Ross Mr Ronald Ross , County Londonderry

In view of the great saving in personnel and maintenance will the Admiralty apply this system to the larger ships and destroyers?

Mr. Dugdale:

Certainly, Sir, we would consider it, but the trouble at the moment is to secure an adequate number of machines for this purpose.