Category: Navy

Navy: Frigates & Destroyers

Lord Sheikh asked Her Majesty’s Government:

    Why they chose to reduce the total of frigates and destroyers from the 32 referred to in the Strategic Defence Review to 25; and whether they propose any further reduction. [HL4983]

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence & Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (Lord Drayson): The reasons the department decided to make the reductions to the destroyer and frigate fleet are clearly set out in the White Paper Delivering Security in a Changing World: Future Capabilities (CM 6269), presented to Parliament in July 2004. This explained that a reduced conventional threat, revised planning assumptions and improved technology meant that we required fewer destroyers and frigates than before. It judged that our future requirements could be met by a fleet of 25 of these ships. No further reductions to the fleet are currently planned.

Navy: Review

Lord Sheikh asked Her Majesty’s Government:

    When they intend to conduct a formal review of the current size and organisation of the Royal Navy. [HL4943]

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence & Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (Lord Drayson): The Government have no plans to carry out such a review. However, the size and organisation of the Royal Navy, and our other Armed Forces, is kept under regular scrutiny as part of the defence planning process. This ensures that the department is investing in current priorities and using resources efficiently and effectively.