Warships

Defence written question – answered on 2nd July 2013.

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Photo of Austin Mitchell Austin Mitchell Labour, Great Grimsby

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost is of building and equipping for sea a (a) minesweeper, (b) destroyer, (c) frigate, (d) nuclear submarine and (e) Trident-equipped submarine; how many such vessels are in active service; and when each such vessel was commissioned.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The information requested is provided in the following table.

The costs provided are based on actual costs at the time they were incurred and therefore do not reflect current build costs. They cover those vessels that have achieved their In Service Date (ISD). Total costs of equipping the platforms (which is an ongoing process through life), including those associated with Government Furnished Equipment, are not held centrally and could be provided at only disproportionate cost,

ISDs have been provided as they more accurately reflect a ship's availability for ‘active service’ than commissioning dates.

Mine Countermeasure Vessels
  In service date Build cost (£ million)(1)
Hunt Class    
HMS Ledbury May 1981 31
HMS Cattistock May 1982 32
HMS Brocklesby October 1982 34
HMS Middleton July 1984 36
HMS Chiddingfold July 1984 37
HMS Hurworth June 1985 39
HMS Atherstone December 1986 42
HMS Quorn January 1989 46
     
Sandown Class    
HMS Penzance January 1998 49
HMS Pembroke September 1998 48
HMS Grimsby May 1999 48
HMS Bangor December 1999 47
HMS Ramsey July 2000 44
HMS Blyth February 2001 44
HMS Shoreham November 2001 45
(1) The figures quoted above do not represent the total cost of the vessels. Some figures, such as those for Government Furnished Equipment, are no longer held centrally for each ship and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Type 45 Destroyers
  In service date
HMS Daring July 2010
HMS Dauntless November 2010
HMS Diamond August 2011
HMS Dragon April 2012
HMS Defender March 2013

HMS Duncan, the final ship in class, is expected to achieve her ISD in March 2014.

The unit production cost for a T45 is £633 million. This figure includes the cost of the T45 platform and the Sea Viper missile system, but does not include the development costs of the T45 programme.

Type 23 Frigates
  In service date Build cost (£ million)(1)
HMS Argyll November 1992 119
HMS Lancaster February 1993 120
HMS Iron Duke November 1993 110
HMS Monmouth March 1994 112
HMS Westminster March 1995 113
HMS Montrose September 1995 117
HMS Northumberland October 1995 115
HMS Richmond July 1996 116
HMS Somerset February 1997 114
HMS Sutherland December 1997 144
HMS Kent December 2000 108
HMS Portland September 2001 92
HMS St Albans September 2002 107
(1) The figures quoted above do not represent the total cost of the vessels. Some figures, such as those for Government Furnished Equipment, are no longer held centrally for each ship and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Trafalgar Class submarines
  In service date
HMS Tireless October 1985
HMS Torbay March 1987
HMS Trenchant February 1989
HMS Talent May 1990
HMS Triumph November 1991

The build costs of these vessels are no longer held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Astute Class submarines

The first two (of seven) Astute Class submarines have achieved their ISD.

  In service date
HMS Astute April 2010
HMS Ambush November 2012

HMS Artful, the third boat in class, is currently in build.

There is no unit cost for an Astute Class submarine as Boats one to three (Astute, Ambush, and Artful) were contracted as a batch with a total forecast cost of £3.4 billion, which includes cost of building the boats, the onboard communications system, and the tactical weapons system.

Vanguard Class submarines
  In service date
HMS Vanguard August 1992
HMS Victorious March 1994
HMS Vigilant February 1996
HMS Vengeance March 1999

The total procurement cost for the four submarines was £3,587 million, which equates to approximately £897 million per submarine. This figure excludes the costs of the tactical and strategic weapons systems.

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