Attack Submarines

Defence written question – answered on 3rd March 2008.

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Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future number of attack submarines in the Royal Navy.

Photo of Roger Gale Roger Gale Conservative, North Thanet

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of attack submarines for the Royal Navy.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Our judgment remains that in the medium term, a fleet of eight of the current classes of attack submarine will be sufficient to meet the full range of tasks. By 2022 we will have completed the transition to the more capable Astute class, for which it remains our plan to order seven boats. Over the next 14 years, attack submarine numbers will fluctuate between seven and eight as Astute replaces the current classes.

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