Warships: Decommissioning

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 16th October 2017.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current planned operational retirement date is for (a) HMS Albion, (b) HMS Bulwark and (c) HMS Ocean.

Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the potential loss of (a) HMS Albion and (b) HMS Bulwark on the ability of the Royal Marines to deploy overseas.

Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans the Government has to sustain UK amphibious capabilities to 2025.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

We continuously review the capabilities we require. The National Security Capability Review is focussed on the continued implementation of the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review, to ensure the United Kingdom’s investment in national security capabilities is as joined-up, effective and efficient as possible. No decisions have been made and any discussion of specific platforms or capabilities is speculation.

On current plans the out of service dates for these vessels is provided below:

Ship

Out of Service Date

HMS OCEAN

2018

HMS ALBION

2033

HMS BULWARK

2034

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