HC Deb 07 February 1961 vol 634 c37W
Captain Kerby

asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty how many fender ships are in service with the Royal Navy; and what function is performed by ships of this type.

Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing:

At the moment five of Her Majesty's ships serve as fender ships. Pending scrapping they provide temporary deep water berths for operational ships.