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.