Type 42 Destroyers

Defence written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to maintain a number of Type 42 destroyers in active service following the commissioning of Type 45s.

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

The Type 42 destroyers will be withdrawn gradually as the Type 45s enter service to replace them. On present plans, which are kept under review, all Type 42s will have been withdrawn by the time the sixth Type 45 enters service.

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