Two of the oldest Type 23 Frigates are to be retired earlier than previous planned in order to fund other projects.
The Defence Command Paper released today, titled ‘Defence in a Competitive Age‘, states:
“The Royal Navy will focus investment on improving the sustainability, lethality and availability of the fleet and delivering a more modern, high tech and automated Navy. To enable this, the Royal Navy will retire legacy capabilities including two of our oldest T23 frigates.
We will bring Type 31 and Type 32 frigates into service, these new vessels are not just replacements for existing platforms, they will be more flexible than their predecessors. Equipped with advanced sensors and weapons, they will embrace modularisation to allow them to quickly adopt emerging technology throughout their life and to switch role depending on the nature of the threat.
The lethality of the surface fleet will be increased by upgrading the air defence capability in our Type 45 destroyers, replacing our Harpoon ship to ship missiles, and launching the UK design cutting edge Type 26 Anti Submarine Warfare frigates alongside Canada and Australia.”
The Sun had previously reported speculation that the UK will retire two of it’s thirteen Type 23 Frigates as part of the Integrated Review. This has, obviously, now been confirmed.
An excerpt from this article states.
“The Navy will lose two specialist sub-hunting frigates, HMS Montrose and HMS Monmouth, as well as its 13 strong fleet of minehunters which are due to be replaced by drones.”
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This defence review was previously described by Boris Johnson as the largest review of its kind since the Cold War.