Swiftsure Class Submarines

Defence written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Gerald Howarth Gerald Howarth Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) unit cost and (b) date of commissioning of each Swiftsure Class submarine was.

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

The Swiftsure Class of six submarines were commissioned at regular intervals between 1972 and 1981 and the commissioning date for each boat is listed as follows. Due to the long period of time that has since elapsed, the unit cost of these submarines is no longer held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Swiftsure class Commissioning dates
HMS Swiftsure 17 April 1973
HMS Sovereign 11 July 1974
HMS Superb 13 November 1976
HMS Sceptre 14 February 1978
HMS Spartan 22 September 1979
HMS Splendid 21 March 1981

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