Navy

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 13th February 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the size of the Royal Navy fleet (a) was in 2013 and (b) is in 2019.

Photo of Stuart Andrew Stuart Andrew Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The following tables list in service Naval vessels as at 23 January 2013 and 1 January 2019.

Naval Vessels in Service as at 23 January 2013

Landing Platform Helicopter

2

Landing Platform Dock

2

Type 45 Destroyer

4

Type 42 Destroyer

1

Type 23 Frigate

13

Hunt Class Mine Counter Measure Vessel

8

Sandown Class Mine Counter Measure Vessel

7

Offshore Patrol Vessel - River Class

3

Offshore Patrol Vessel - Helicopters

1

Inshore Patrol Boat

18

Ocean Survey Vessel

1

Coastal Survey Vessel

2

Inshore Survey Vessel/Survey Motor Launch

1

Ice Patrol Ship

1

Ship Submersible Ballistic Nuclear

4

Ship Submersible Nuclear Trafalgar Class

5

Ship Submersible Nuclear Astute Class

1

Fleet Tanker

2

Support Tanker

1

Small Fleet Tanker

2

Fleet Replenishment Ship

3

Landing Ship Dock

3

Aviation Training Ship

1

Forward Repair Ship

1

TOTAL

87

Naval Vessels in Service as at 1 January 2019

Aircraft Carrier

1

Landing Platform Dock

2

Type 45 Destroyer

6

Type 23 Frigate

13

Hunt Class Mine Counter Measure Vessel

6

Sandown Class Mine Counter Measure Vessel

7

Offshore Patrol Vessel - River Class

2

Offshore Patrol Vessel - Helicopters

1

Inshore Patrol Boat

18

Ocean Survey Vessel

1

Coastal Survey Vessel

2

Inshore Survey Vessel/Survey Motor Launch

1

Ice Patrol Ship

1

Ship Submersible Ballistic Nuclear

4

Ship Submersible Nuclear Trafalgar Class

3

Ship Submersible Nuclear Astute Class

3

Fleet Tanker

4

Fleet Replenishment Ship

3

Landing Ship Dock

3

Primary Casualty Receiving Ship/Aviation Training Ship

1

TOTAL

82

The Government has pledged to increase our maritime power to project the UK's influence across the world and promote our national prosperity. On current plans, over the next decade we will spend £64.1 billion on procurement and support of ships and submarines.

The Royal Navy will have a second aircraft carrier, HMS PRINCE OF WALES, as well as new Type 26 Frigates and at least five Type 31e Frigates that will allow us to increase our fleet by the 2030s. There will also be new support ships and tankers, and we have announced that we are retaining the Batch 1 Offshore Patrol Vessels while the new Batch 2 ships come into service, all of which we expect to have by the end of 2020.

On 11 February 2019, the Secretary of State for Defence announced that the Ministry of Defence would be investing in an accelerated Concept and Development Phase for Littoral Strike Ships. These ships will maintain the UK’s ability to deliver cutting edge hard power across the globe.

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