Patrol Craft

Defence written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on construction of the three offshore patrol vessels to be built for the Royal Navy; and if he will make a statement.

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

In March 2014, the Ministry of Defence placed a £20 million contract with BAE Systems for long-lead items, such as engines and gearboxes, for three Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Royal Navy. In August 2014, we placed a contract worth £348 million with the company for the build of these vessels. Construction work is due to begin later in 2014, with the first vessel due to enter service in 2017.

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