Type 23 Frigates: Portsmouth

Defence written question – answered on 25th November 2013.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Independent, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will consider a workshare approach to retain the existing proportion of Type 23 work in Portsmouth.

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

Major packages of upkeep work for Royal Navy warships are allocated by the Surface Ship Support Alliance, an alliance between the Ministry of Defence (MOD), BAE Systems Maritime—Naval Ships and Babcock Marine. These allocations are based on what is best for the maritime enterprise as a whole, taking account of factors such as industrial capacity, past performance and the ability to meet Royal Navy crew harmony guidelines. In allocating major upkeep work, the aim is to balance work across the surface fleet as a whole, rather than by each individual class of ship.

On current plans, this will mean that although the majority of future upkeep work on the Type 23 Frigates will be carried out at Her Majesty's Naval Base (HMNB) Devonport, the work schedule agreed to date for HMNB Portsmouth includes upkeeps on HMS Westminster, three Type 45 Destroyers, and five Hunt Class minesweepers. Further upkeeps to be undertaken at HMNB Portsmouth will be scheduled in due course.

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