Persian Gulf: Type 23 Frigates

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 11th September 2018.

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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, whether he plans to forward deploy a Devonport or Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate to the Gulf.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the implications of the postponement of the Type 31e frigate procurement on frigate availability as a result of his decision to forward deploy a Type 23 frigate to the Gulf.

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

The plan to procure a first batch of five new Type 31e Frigates has not been postponed; we want the first ship to enter service by the end of 2023. All five ships are planned to be delivered by the end of 2028.

Although work continues on the forward deployment of a Type 23 Frigate to the Gulf, we do not discuss the future operations of our ships. These considerations will be unaffected by the Type 31e procurement process.

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