Late last year, some reported that Chile had been given notice of “potential availability” of Royal Navy warships.
Most notably reported by IHS Jane’s Navy International, it has been claimed by the outlet that Brazil and Chile have “quietly been given notice of the potential availability of RN frigates and amphibious ships”.
Janes reported that UK officials have “discreetly advised” that some of the frigate fleet in addition to the two Albion class landing platform docks could become available due to budget cuts.
Douglas Chapman, Shadow SNP Spokesperson, asked:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government has concluded a deal to sell any Royal Navy frigates to the Chilean Government.”
Guto Bebb, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, replied:
“There are no negotiations with the Chilean Government about the sale of Royal Navy Frigates.”
An MoD spokesperson said:
“We can categorically confirm that there has been no engagement with either Chile or Brazil in respect of early sale of Type 23 Frigates or the two LPDs.”