HC Deb 27 November 2002 vol 395 cc334-5W
Dr. Julian Lewis

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list those Royal Navy vessels not in service as a result of(a) refits and (b) repairs, together with their anticipated dates to re-enter service. [83585]

Mr. Ingram

In the majority of cases, it is not possible to separate those Royal Navy vessels undergoing repair from those in refit, other than arbitrarily, as all refits and other programmed maintenance periods contain an element of repair work. However, listed in the table are those vessels that, because they are undergoing some form of refit, maintenance or repair, are currently not available for operational tasking. Vessels that can be categorised as solely undergoing repair have been indicated.

RN vessel Anticipated return to service date
HMS Brecon February 2003
HMS Campbeltown March 2003
HMS Cattistock1 2
HMS Chiddingfold May 2003
HMS Exploit December 2002
HMS Glasgow January/February 2003
HMS Gloucester July 2003
HMS Illustrious February 2005
HMS Invincible May 2003
HMS Middleton February 2003
HMS Montrose February 2004
HMS Monmouth May 2003
HMS Penzance February 2003
HMS Ocean1 December 2002
RN vessel Anticipated return to service date
HMS Pursuer December 2002
HMS St. Albans January 2003
HMS Sceptre Second quarter 2003
HMS Spartan First quarter 2003
HMS Tracker December 2002
HMS Trafalgar First quarter 2004
HMS Trenchant Fourth quarter 2003
HMS Triumph1 Fourth quarter 2002
HMS Vanguard Third quarter 2004
1 Out of service for repair.
2 Damage sustained on 23 November still being surveyed–too soon to say how long her repairs will take.

In addition, HMS Nottingham is currently in transit to the United Kingdom on a Heavy Lift Ship following her grounding incident off the west coast of Australia in July this year. No decision has yet been made on her future.