Navy

Defence written question – answered on 14th November 2011.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy ships are currently in service; how many were in service in 2008; and if he will make a statement.

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

Due to the difficult economic position this Government inherited, tough decisions have had to be taken to rationalise the fleet.

In 2008 the Royal Navy had 75 surface ships. The Royal Navy currently has 66 surface ships in service of the following types: Landing Platform Docks, Landing Platform Helicopters, Destroyers, Frigates, Mine Countermeasures ships, River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels, Inshore Patrol Craft and Survey Ships. In addition, the Royal Navy has 11 submarines in service (Ballistic and fleet).

The work done in the SDSR concluded that, despite these reductions, the Royal Navy retained sufficient assets to undertake the tasks required of it, as shown by the success of our operations in Libya.

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