HMS Astute

Defence written question – answered on 13th December 2011.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans that HMS Astute will be fully operational.

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

HMS Astute is currently undertaking a period of comprehensive sea trials and training before being handed over to the Royal Navy for operational service, which on current plans will be in early 2013. HMS Astute will then conduct a period of operational sea training for approximately six weeks, after which it is planned that the ship will be declared fully operational.

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