Defence written question – answered on 5th September 2011.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Conservative, New Forest East

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planned in-service dates are for each of the (a) Astute-class submarines and (b) Type 45 destroyers which have yet to join the fleet.

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The First of Class, HMS Astute, achieved its in-service date in April 2010 and is currently undertaking a period of extensive and comprehensive sea trials before being handed over to the Royal Navy for operational service, which on current plans will be in late 2012.

The planned in-service dates for the remainder of the Astute class boats are:

Boat 2 (Ambush) 2013
Boat 3 (Artful) 2015
Boat 4 (Audacious) 2018
Boat 5 2020
Boat 6 2022
Boat 7 2024

The planned in-service dates for the Type 45 Destroyers which have yet to join the fleet are:

Dragon 2012
Defender 2013
Duncan 2014

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