On current plans, the Type 45 destroyers will leave service between 2035 and 2038.
Kevan Jones, MP for North Durham, asked via a written question:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the retirement date is of each Type 45 destroyer.”
Jeremy Quin, Minister of State for the Ministry of Defence, responded:
“On current plans, the Type 45 destroyers will leave service between 2035 and 2038.”
The first ship in the Daring class, HMS Daring, was launched in February 2006 and commissioned in July 2009.
What might replace the Type 45 Destroyer?
The Type 4X, the Type 45 Destroyer replacement, is just an early concept at this stage but a variant of the Type 26 Frigate is officially being considered for the job.
The UK Defence Journal earlier chatted to Paul Sweeney, former MP for Glasgow North East and former shipbuilder, about the vessel. I have been told that consideration is already being given to the development of an Anti-Air Warfare variant of the Type 26, a variant that will function as a future replacement for the Type 45 Destroyer fleet – the programme is currently referred to as as T4X.
You can read more about it here.