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UK’s ‘woefully low’ fleet of warships risks jeopardising national defences, MPs warn

21 November 2016 at 7:35am

Britain has a “woefully low” number of warships, which risks jeopardising the country’s defences, MPs have warned.

The influential Defence Select Committee said it has “serious concerns” about funding and the timetable of a new fleet replacing frigates that are due to be decommissioned.

MPs said if the fleet of warships drops below the current level of 19, the UK would lack the maritime strength to deal with threats from the likes of Russia.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) was also criticised for “extraordinary mistakes” in the design of Type 45 destroyers after it emerged they had faulty engines.

MPs accused the MoD and contractors of a “serious failing” for under-testing the system, which is unable to operate continuously in warm waters.

“It is astonishing that the specification for the Type 45 did not include the requirement for the ships to operate at full capacity – and for sustained periods – in hot regions such as the Gulf,” the committee said.

“The UK’s enduring presence in the Gulf should have made it a key requirement for the engines.

“Failure to guarantee this would put the personnel and ships of the Royal Navy in danger, with potentially dangerous consequences.”

Two new classes of frigates, the Type 26 global combat ship and the Type 31 general purpose frigate, are planned to modernise the fleet.

Defence Committee Chairman Julian Lewis said MPs were “putting the MoD on notice” to deliver the modernisation programme on time.

An MoD spokesman said: “We’re committed to improving the Type 45’s power and propulsion system through a series of machinery upgrades during planned maintenance, and this work is progressing well.”

Original post itv.com

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Major surface combatants

Class Ship Pennant No. Commissioned Displacement Type Homeport
Type 45 or Daring-class HMS Daring D32 2009 8,500 tonnes Guided missile destroyer Portsmouth
HMS Dauntless D33 2010 8,500 tonnes Guided missile destroyer Portsmouth
HMS Diamond D34 2011 8,500 tonnes Guided missile destroyer Portsmouth
HMS Dragon D35 2012 8,500 tonnes Guided missile destroyer Portsmouth
HMS Defender D36 2013 8,500 tonnes Guided missile destroyer Portsmouth
HMS Duncan D37 2013 8,500 tonnes Guided missile destroyer Portsmouth
Type 23 or Duke-class HMS Argyll F231 1991 4,900 tonnes Frigate Devonport
HMS Lancaster F229 1992 4,900 tonnes Frigate Portsmouth
HMS Iron Duke F234 1993 4,900 tonnes Frigate Portsmouth
HMS Monmouth F235 1993 4,900 tonnes Frigate Devonport
HMS Montrose F236 1994 4,900 tonnes Frigate Devonport
HMS Westminster F237 1994 4,900 tonnes Frigate Portsmouth
HMS Northumberland F238 1994 4,900 tonnes Frigate Devonport
HMS Richmond F239 1995 4,900 tonnes Frigate Portsmouth
HMS Somerset F82 1996 4,900 tonnes Frigate Devonport
HMS Sutherland F81 1997 4,900 tonnes Frigate Devonport
HMS Kent F78 2000 4,900 tonnes Frigate Portsmouth
HMS Portland F79 2001 4,900 tonnes Frigate Devonport
HMS St Albans F83 2002 4,900 tonnes Frigate Portsmouth

Submarines

Class Boat Pennant No. Commissioned Displacement Type Homeport
Astute-class HMS Astute S119 2010 7,400 tonnes Fleet submarine Clyde
HMS Ambush S120 2013 7,400 tonnes Fleet submarine Clyde
HMS Artful S121 2016 7,400 tonnes Fleet submarine Clyde
Trafalgar-class HMS Torbay S90 1987 5,300 tonnes Fleet submarine Devonport
HMS Trenchant S91 1989 5,300 tonnes Fleet submarine Devonport
HMS Talent S92 1990 5,300 tonnes Fleet submarine Devonport
HMS Triumph S93 1991 5,300 tonnes Fleet submarine Devonport
Vanguard-class HMS Vanguard S28 1993 15,900 tonnes Ballistic missile submarine Clyde
HMS Victorious S29 1995 15,900 tonnes Ballistic missile submarine Clyde
HMS Vigilant S30 1996 15,900 tonnes Ballistic missile submarine Clyde
HMS Vengeance S31 1999 15,900 tonnes Ballistic missile submarine Clyde

*Note other vessels such as OPVs and Transports are not indicated full list in link

Silhouettes of major fleet units:


Ocean


Albion


Bulwark


Daring


Dauntless


Diamond


Dragon


Defender


Duncan


Argyll


Lancaster


Iron Duke


Monmouth


Montrose


Westminster


Northumberland


Richmond


Somerset


Sutherland


Kent


Portland


St Albans


Vanguard


Victorious


Vigilant


Vengeance


Astute


Ambush


Artful


Torbay


Trenchant


Talent


Triumph

Source wikiwand.com

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Type 45 DestroyerType 45 Destroyer HMS Daring in the English Channel

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