§ Mr. Warren
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the ships which will join the Royal Navy and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary during 1983 and 1984.
§ Mr. Pattie
On our latest assessment 22 new ships are expected to enter service with the Royal Navy by the end of 1984; comprising two nuclear-powered submarines, one Invincible class carrier, four type 42 destroyers, two type 22 frigates, four Hunt class mine-countermeasures vessels, three Fleet minesweepers, five patrol craft for service in Hong Kong and one sea bed operations vessel. No new ships are currently planned to join the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in this period.