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HCDC report challenges UK surface fleet recapitalisation plans

23 November 2016

Key Points

  • The UK's forthcoming National Shipbuilding Strategy is planned to set out the framework within which the Type 26 GCS and the Type 31 GPFF will be delivered
  • The HCDC warns that 'woefully low' escort force levels could fall further

An ageing frigate force, delays to replacement programmes, and uncertainty over future shipbuilding plans collectively threaten the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) ability to maintain surface fleet numbers beyond 2023, a committee of Members of Parliament (MPs) has warned.

The committee's conclusions come in stark contrast to plans laid out in the government's 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR15) to sustain and, in the longer term, increase frigate numbers.

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