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Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 3rd September 2019.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the statement by the right hon. Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip of 23 July 2019 that the UK will build more ships, what plans her Department has to expand the Royal Navy.

Photo of Anne-Marie Trevelyan Anne-Marie Trevelyan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Our Royal Navy will soon take delivery of their second aircraft carrier, HMS PRINCE OF WALES, completing the Queen Elizabeth Class. She will be ably supported by cutting edge F-35 fighter jets. We are investing in a full new generation of submarines and Type 26 frigates which will equip the Royal Navy with world leading capabilities to defend British and our allies' interests. We have already committed to building new Batch 2 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) and, as announced on 22 November 2018, will retain the Batch 1 OPVs. In addition, the winning bidder for the Type 31 will be announced shortly. The Government has also committed to increase the number of personnel in the Royal Navy, and will spend £64.1 billion on procurement and support of ships and submarines over the next decade.

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