Type 23 Frigates

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 10th October 2017.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which of the currently operational Type 23 frigates are not planned to contribute to NATO's Standing Maritime Groups.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The UK continues its active commitment to NATO. Currently, one Type 45 destroyer and an offshore hydrographic survey vessel are performing the role of flagship for two Standing NATO Maritime Groups, with a mine counter measures vessel also contributing. In addition to the Standing NATO Maritime Groups, naval Service personnel from all arms of the Service regularly participate in NATO exercises.

For security reasons, we do not disclose the detail of the future scheduling of Royal Navy units, as this would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

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