§ Mr. Hancock
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if any major repairs or refit work is due for HMS Challenger; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Lee
Improvements are required to be made in the diving system of HMS Challenger. Following competitive tendering the contract has been awarded to Thorn-EMI and the work will take place, under subcontract, at Humber Shiprepairers.
During 1986 HMS Challenger is also due to undergo a short docking period for routine maintenance.