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     Parliamentary News 2014

In service dates for Astute Class Submarines

9 Sep 2014 : Column 583W submarine enterprise Defence: Procurement

Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made towards meeting the assumed savings in the
(a) Complex Weapons Programme and (b) Submarine Enterprise Performance programme; and how much has been saved through each such programme to date. [207919]

Mr Dunne: The Complex Weapons Programme is on track to deliver significant cost benefits, providing greater flexibility and responsiveness to changing requirements, and supporting the industrial skills and capabilities needed to deliver Operational Advantage and Freedom of Action. Financial benefits of £196 million have so far been achieved against a forecast of £1.2 billion.

The Submarine Enterprise Performance Programme is also making good progress, with the signature of two of the three Foundation Contracts, the establishment of a robust benefits delivery and audit process, and the formation of the Submarine Portfolio Office providing a coherent joint programming function across the Enterprise. Financial benefits of £356 million have so far been achieved against a forecast of £900 million.


Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to let the contracts for the managed service providers (MSP) before the end of September 2014; and if he will place relationship with the services and Defence Equipment and Support. [208062]

Mr Dunne: We continue to make excellent progress on the competition for the managed service providers (MSPs) and expect to place the first contracts in the next few weeks.

The MSPs will have an important role in supporting the transformation of Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) into a world class programme management organisation, capable of delivering the best possible equipment and support to our armed forces. Strengthening the relationship between the Service Commands and DE&S is a key aspect of the transformation programme.

Hansard 17 Jan 2014 : Column 695W in service dates Astute Class Submarines

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planned launch and in-service dates are for each remaining submarine in the Astute class.
[182980]

Mr Dunne: As stated in the National Audit Office Major Projects Report 2012 (HC 684-1), the in-service dates for the remaining submarines in the Astute class are shown in the following table:

Astute class Submarine  In-service date                Trafalgar class submarine             End of service date
Boat 3 (Artful)                       2015                             HMS Tireless                                  2014
Boat 4 (Audacious)                2018                             HMS Torbay                                    2017
Boat 5 (Anson)                      2020                             HMS Trenchant                               2019
Boat 6 (Agamemnon)             2022                             HMS Talent                                    2021
Boat 7 (Ajax)                        2024                              HMS Triumph                                 2022


The actual launch date for each boat is agreed between the Ministry of Defence and BAE Systems Maritime—Submarines, the prime contractor. It marks the point in the build process when the boat is ready to exit the boat build hall and enter the water for the first time. On current plans, Boat 3 is due to leave the build hall in spring 2014. The launch dates for Boats 4 to 7 are yet to be agreed.


Hansard HC Deb, 1 July 2013, c405W

Angus Robertson (SNP Westminster Leader; Moray, Scottish National Party) To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current scheduled end of service date is of each Trafalgar class submarine.


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Philip Dunne (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence; Ludlow, Conservative) On present plans, the remaining Trafalgar class submarines will be withdrawn from service as follows:   

End of service date
HMS Tireless 2014
HMS Torbay 2017
HMS Trenchant 2019
HMS Talent 2021
HMS Triumph 2022

• Warships Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 2 July 2013, c609W) • Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby, Labour) To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost is of building and equipping for sea a
(a) minesweeper,
(b) destroyer,
(c) frigate,
(d) nuclear submarine and
(e) Trident-equipped submarine; how many such vessels are in active service; and when each such vessel was commissioned.

Philip Dunne (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence; Ludlow, Conservative)
The information requested is provided in the following table. The costs provided are based on actual costs at the time they were incurred and therefore do not reflect current build costs. They cover those vessels that have achieved their In Service Date (ISD). Total costs of equipping the platforms (which is an ongoing process through life), including those associated with Government Furnished Equipment, are not held centrally and could be provided at only disproportionate cost, ISDs have been provided as they more accurately reflect a ship's availability for ‘active service’ than commissioning dates.


Mine Countermeasure Vessels:   In service date Build cost (£ million)(1)
Hunt Class
HMS Ledbury May 1981 31
HMS Cattistock May 1982 32
HMS Brocklesby October 1982 34
HMS Middleton July 1984 36
HMS Chiddingfold July 1984 37
HMS Hurworth June 1985 39
HMS Atherstone December 1986 42
HMS Quorn January 1989 46     

Sandown Class   
HMS Penzance January 1998 49
HMS Pembroke September 1998 48
HMS Grimsby May 1999 48
HMS Bangor December 1999 47
HMS Ramsey July 2000 44
HMS Blyth February 2001 44
HMS Shoreham November 2001 45

(1) The figures quoted above do not represent the total cost of the vessels. Some figures, such as those for Government Furnished Equipment, are no longer held centrally for each ship and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Type 45 Destroyers   
In service date
HMS Daring July 2010
HMS Dauntless November 2010
HMS Diamond August 2011
HMS Dragon April 2012 HMS Defender March 2013

HMS Duncan, the final ship in class, is expected to achieve her ISD in March 2014.

The unit production cost for a T45 is £633 million. This figure includes the cost of the T45 platform and the Sea Viper missile system, but does not include the development costs of the T45 programme.

Type 23 Frigates   
In service date & Build cost (£ million)(1)

HMS Argyll November 1992 119
HMS Lancaster February 1993 120
HMS Iron Duke November 1993 110
HMS Monmouth March 1994 112 HMS Westminster March 1995 113
HMS Montrose September 1995 117
HMS Northumberland October 1995 115
HMS Richmond July 1996 116 HMS Somerset February 1997 114
HMS Sutherland December 1997 144
HMS Kent December 2000 108
HMS Portland September 2001 92
HMS St Albans September 2002 107

(1) The figures quoted above do not represent the total cost of the vessels. Some figures, such as those for Government Furnished Equipment, are no longer held centrally for each ship and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Trafalgar Class submarines   
In service date
HMS Tireless October 1985
HMS Torbay March 1987
HMS Trenchant February 1989
HMS Talent May 1990
HMS Triumph November 1991

The build costs of these vessels are no longer held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Astute Class submarines
The first two (of seven) Astute Class submarines have achieved their ISD.  
 
In service date HMS Astute April 2010
HMS Ambush November 2012
HMS Artful, the third boat in class, is currently in build.

There is no unit cost for an Astute Class submarine as Boats one to three (Astute, Ambush, and Artful) were contracted as a batch with a total forecast cost of £3.4 billion, which includes cost of building the boats, the onboard communications system, and the tactical weapons system.

Vanguard Class submarines   
In service date
HMS Vanguard August 1992
HMS Victorious March 1994
HMS Vigilant February 1996
HMS Vengeance March 1999

The total procurement cost for the four submarines was £3,587 million, which equates to approximately £897 million per submarine. This figure excludes the costs of the tactical and strategic weapons systems.



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