Submarines

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 23rd January 2015.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy have sufficient submarine detection capabilities.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The UK Armed Forces have an internationally highly regarded and multi-layered submarine detection capability, primarily delivered through a combination of surface ships, submarines and anti-submarine helicopters, alongside close co-ordination and co-operation with our allies. As the global environment and threat capabilities constantly evolve, we continue to develop new detection capabilities in order to maintain our operational advantage.

These capabilities are subject to regular audit and analysis. The Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 will afford us the opportunity to review the full spectrum of submarine detection capability, including fixed wing Maritime Patrol Aircraft utility.

I am withholding further details of our capabilities and programmes as disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

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Tartan Giant
Posted on 26 Jan 2015 10:54 am (Report this annotation)

Mrs Soubry has not a clue what she is talking about,
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The UK Armed Forces have an internationally highly regarded and multi-layered submarine detection capability, primarily delivered through a combination of surface ships, submarines and anti-submarine helicopters, alongside close co-ordination and co-operation with our allies.
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The word she missed out in the above piffle was, "had" - we had a superb submarine detection and tracking capability until Cameron destroyed our NIMROD's. Wiping our abilities in that sphere off the record in one fail swoop.

In December 2014 we had to BEG other airforces and navies to help try and relocate a sub-surface intruder for us - they FAILED.
Mrs Soubry talked about, "combination of surface ships, submarines and anti-submarine helicopters" - only HMS Somerset was present trying assist the five aircraft, from four other nations, locate that submarine. The submarine crept away undetected.
HMG have denuded this country from defending itself as that episode proved. Nothing that Mrs Soubry sprouts means a jot.