Here’s a brief look at some of the big projects being undertaken by the Royal Navy over the next decade and their current status.
The following table was submitted as part of a follow up to an oral evidence session relating to the Defence Equipment plan.
“The tables in the Annex set out the main changes to the Equipment Plan as previously published following the IR. If not included here it is because the investment will continue as previously published, or the system will come out of service to existing planned dates. The Equipment Plan is updated on an annual basis and any in year changes will be reflected in next year’s report.”
The above in bold is why Dreadnought and other projects do not appear in this table.
|No of platforms/ systems|
|Dates/ In Service Dates (ISD)|
|Type 26 Frigate||8||ISD 2027 for first of class||Confirms investment beyond the three Batch 1 ships that are already on contract.|
|Type 31 Frigate||5||ISD 2027 for first of class|
|Confirms investment for full batch of five T31.|
|Type 32 Frigate||Up to 5||ISD early 2030s for first of class|
|Type 83 Destroyer||N/A||N/A||Investment to develop the concept for the Type 45 replacement in the late 2030s.|
|Mine-Hunting Capability (MHC)||N/A||Mid 2020s||We will invest over £1bn in the next 10 years on up to 9 Mission Systems and associated units. The capability will incrementally be brought into service. Block 1 consists of three operational demonstrator systems, including a collaborative UK-France Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) programme, and is aligned with the Sandown class drawdown between 2021-2025.|
|Landing Ship Dock Auxiliary (LSDA) capability upgrade||1||ISD 2024||We will be upgrading a LSDA platform to meet the littoral strike requirements and to support the Future Commando Force. This will also inform the Multi-Role Support Ship design.|
|Multi-Role Oceanographic Surveillance (MROS) Ship||1||N/A||Funded through the shipbuilding pipeline.|
|Multi-Role Support Ship (MRSS)||Up to 6|
|Funded through the shipbuilding pipeline to replace our current amphibious ships in the 2030s.|
|Lightweight torpedo||N/A||Circa 2028|
|New lightweight torpedo to replace Stingray|
|Type 23 Frigate||3 General Purpose T23 Frigates will have their OSDs extended.|
|OSDs extended by up to 6 years from original.|
|We will extend three T23 OSD that have already had refits and retire early 2 of our T23s that need extensive refits. By altering the order of which these platforms go out of service, we maintain the best availability possible of the T23s whilst maximising VfM.|