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Navy Vessels

Defence written question – answered on 13th May 2002.

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Photo of Mr Tom Cox Mr Tom Cox Labour, Tooting

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the oldest ship in commission in the Royal Navy is.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

The oldest ship in commission in the Royal Navy is HMS Victory which was commissioned in 1778. Although HMS Victory is the oldest ship in commission in the Royal Navy, she is no longer floating but is set in a dry dock in Portsmouth naval base. The oldest commissioned ship which is still afloat is HMS Fearless which was brought into service in November 1965 and is due to be de-commissioned on 31 October 2002.

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