HMS Protector

Defence written question – answered on 8th December 2011.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total monetary cost was of HMS Protector from acquisition to operational readiness.

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

I am pleased to confirm that as scheduled HMS Protector left Her Majesty's Naval Base Portsmouth, to commence her first Antarctic deployment, on 28 November 2011.

The contract for the lease of HMS Protector, which commenced in March of this year and is worth £26 million over three years, includes the acquisition of the vessel and full contractor support. The Ministry of Defence spent a further £3.7 million converting HMS Protector for military use. It is not possible to separately identify other operating costs during her conversion period, such as the fuel used to conduct her sea trials or her crew training.

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