The Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) 15 settlement authorised the size of the Royal Navy (RN) to be 30,600 at 2025. Such plans are not static and subsequent changes to capability have been authorised which will increase the planned size of the RN to just over 31,000 by 2027. However, the date by which we expect these new vessels to be operational is unlikely to be as soon as this.
The Prime Minister’s announcement on 19 November marked the first outcome of the Integrated Review. Further details of the new platforms, capabilities, programmes and personnel opportunities that stem from it will be set out alongside its full publication.