The Ministry of Defence have listed how many ships of each class are operationally available or are in maintenance.
The following was in response to a written question submitted in the House of Commons.
Mark Francois, Member of Parliament for Rayleigh and Wickford, asked:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the sea-going status of each of the 13 Type 23 frigates; and which of those ships are (a) operationally available, (b) undergoing maintenance and/or a refit and (c) temporarily unavailable due to propulsion problems.”
Jeremy Quin, Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence, responded:
The information requested is provided below:
|River Class Patrol Ships||0||3||3|
|River II Class Patrol Ships||0||5||5|
|RFA Tide Class||1||3||4|
|RFA Wave Class||1||1||2|
|RFA Landing Ship Docks||1||2||3|
|Hunt Class Mine Counter Measure Vessels||2||4||6|
|HMS ALBION/HMS BULWARK||1||1||2|
In his response, Quin added that “to maintain operational security these figures cannot be broken down to the level of detail requested”.
Why are there only 12 Type 23 Frigates listed?
The long laid-up HMS Monmouth has left the fleet leaving the Royal Navy with 12 frigates.
You can read more about that by clicking here.
What about the Type 45 Destroyers?
The Ministry of Defence has listed the status of each Type 45 Destroyer in the fleet.
“HMS DEFENDER is currently deployed as part of the Carrier Strike Group (CSG21) while
HMS DIAMOND has experienced some technical issues and has detached from CSG21 for maintenance, inspection and defect rectification.
HMS DARING and HMS DUNCAN are currently undergoing planned deep maintenance.
HMS DAUNTLESS, the first of the Type 45 Destroyers to undergo a Power Improvement Project upgrade, is expected to return to sea for trials this year.
HMS DRAGON is undergoing a period of planned maintenance in advance of further operational commitments.”
You can read more on the Type 45s by clicking here.