The Ministry of Defence have confirmed that it costs around £126,000 per day to operate a Type 45 Destroyer.
The information came to light after a written question was submitted in Parliament.
John Healey, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, asked via a written Parliamentary question:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average cost to his Department is for each day a Type 45 Destroyer is at sea.”
Jeremy Quin, Minister of State for the Ministry of Defence, replied:
“For a Type 45 that has been active throughout a full year (at sea and alongside), an indicative average daily operating cost is £0.126 million.”
According to the Royal Navy website, Britain’s six Type 45 Destroyers are among the most advanced warships ever built.
“They’re suited to a huge range of tasks, from hunting down pirates to defending the Fleet from air attack, or providing humanitarian aid. Equipped with the ferocious Sea Viper missile, which can knock moving targets out of the sky from up to 70 miles away, Type 45 Destroyers are the backbone of the Royal Navy.”
The website further explains their capabilities:
“The Type 45 Destroyer also comes equipped with an array of conventional weaponry, including the BAE Systems 4.5-inch Mark 8 Mod 1, two 30mm DSM Mark 2s, two Phalanx 20mm close-in weapons systems, two 7.62mm miniguns, and up to six FN MAG general purpose machine guns. This fearsome arsenal is designed for a range of purposes, from repelling fast inshore attack craft to destroying short-range missiles in mid-air.
The Sea Viper missile system helps the Type 45 Destroyer fulfil its primary function as a guided-missile destroyer. This highly advanced missile array is designed to track down and destroy high-performance air threats, including fighter aircraft, cruise missiles and unarmed aerial vehicles. Shooting a moving target out of the sky from a ship is no easy task – but the Sea Viper’s unique capabilities, such as the ability to launch eight missiles in less than ten seconds and to simultaneously guide up to 16 missiles at a time, mean that airborne threats don’t stand a chance.”