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Strategic Defence and Security Review

Defence written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

As a result of decisions announced when the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) was published and since, the following aircraft and naval vessels will be withdrawn from service:

Asset Anticipated date of withdrawal Number being withdrawn
Harrier Withdrawn December 2010 62
Tornado GR4 By 2021 137
TriStar By 2013 9
VC-10 By 2013 13
C-130J Hercules By 2022 24
Sentinel R1 To be confirmed 5
HMS Ark Royal Withdrawn December 2010 1
HMS Illustrious 2014 1
Type 22 Frigates 2011 4
RFA Largs Bay 2011 1
RFA Bayleaf 2011 1
RFA Fort George 2011 1

The SDSR also announced that we would not be bringing nine Nimrod MRA4s into service.

The final number of military assets affected by the SDSR remains subject to the completion of more detailed work during the Ministry of Defence's annual planning round. This will include, for example, the number of helicopters, training aircraft, and minor and auxiliary vessels required to support the new force structure.

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