Defence Equipment Plan

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 23rd February 2015.

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Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence 2:30 pm, 23rd February 2015

My hon. Friend is a vigorous champion of the merits of Devonport, in his constituency, as home to seven of the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates. The Prime Minister did indeed announce on Friday, as confirmed in a statement to the House this morning, that a demonstration phase contract worth £859 million to invest in detailed design work, shore-based test facilities and long-lead items for the first three Type 26 global combat ships will sustain 1,700 jobs. The current planning assumption is that 13 Type 26 vessels will replace the current frigates on a one-for-one basis, aligned to the current split in base port allocation, with the first coming into service in 2022.