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Type 23 Frigates: Decommissioning

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 160468, tabled on 26 April 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when any Type 23 frigates which have now been retired left front-line service with the Royal Navy.

Answered on

28 April 2022

Twelve Type 23 frigates remain in service with the Royal Navy.

HMS MONMOUTH was decommissioned in June 2021. This was an element of the optimisation of the Type 23 programme announced in the Integrated Review, which will deliver improved availability across the next seven years. She was retired ahead of a lengthy refit period, during which she would have been unavailable. The savings from the cancellation of that refit period were re-invested into extending HM Ships ARGYLL, IRON DUKE and LANCASTER in service, maximising the return on the resource already invested in them.

As of 1 April 2022, HM Ships ARGYLL, IRON DUKE, SUTHERLAND and ST ALBANS are in long term refit, the remaining eight are available for operations.