§ Mr. Raymond Fletcher
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about HMS "Renown's" current visit to the United States of America.
§ Mr. Mason
HMS "Renown" has been at Port Canaveral for the past month undergoing a post-refit demonstration and shakedown operation, designed to bring the crew to a high state of readiness before the submarine takes its place in the operational cycle. The operation will culminate tomorrow in a routine test firing of a Polaris missile following the submarine's refit at Rosyth. The missile will not be fitted with a nuclear warhead.