Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 5th March 2018.

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Photo of Martin Docherty Martin Docherty Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Industries for the future)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Fleet Ready Escort available was from 1 January to 22 February 2018.

Photo of Margaret Beckett Margaret Beckett Chair, National Security Strategy (Joint Committee)

There is always one Royal Navy ship that is designated as the Fleet Ready Escort (FRE), although there are always a number of Royal Navy units available in UK waters that could conduct this role depending on the tasking.

Two ships were designated as the FRE from 1 January to 22 February 2018. These ships were the Type 23 Frigates HMS ST ALBANS and HMS WESTMINSTER.

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