Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 17th December 2020.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 26 November 2020 to Question 118587 on Navy, what the current limits of capability to which he refers in his answer are, and whether those limits are the same as the workforce requirements set in SDSR 2015.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

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.

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