In all, 13 frigates are due to leave the service at a rate of one a year between and Two new classes of frigate, the Type 26 global combat ship and the Type 31 general purpose frigate, are planned to modernise the fleet. What remains of our surface fleet now faces a prolonged period of uncertainty, as the frigate class is replaced in its entirety and all our destroyers undergo urgent, major remedial work on their unreliable engines.
An MoD spokesman said: They continue to make an enormous contribution to the defence of the UK and our international partners. Order by newest oldest recommendations.
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The Royals Navy's New Generation Type 45 Destroyer Acquisition Options and Implications
By The Lowy Interpreter In addition, the amphibious fleet may be similarly reduced with the decommissioning of the landing platform dock LPD that is the core of the British ready capability and the possible disposal of both that ship and a sister unit held in reserve. The government has put some new funding into the defense portfolio, but one of the most serious early consequences of Brexit has been the depreciation of Sterling against the US dollar. Among other planned purchases, this has made the new F strike fighter, central to both the aircraft carrier program and the modernization of the Royal Air Force, very much more expensive at a time when acquisition of the new fighter is just getting into stride.
Even without this new stress, however, it has been clear for many years that the entire British defense portfolio is chronically under-resourced when compared with both operational commitments and planned acquisitions. A series of defense reviews and efficiency drives have failed to provide a solution.
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At least one of six Type 45 destroyers and a Type 23 frigate are immobilised because of the shortage of qualified personnel.