Portsmouth MP calls on government to reveal where navy’s new frigates will be based

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PORTSMOUTH South MP Flick Drummond has called on the government to provide answers about where the navy’s newest warships will be based.

Mrs Drummond posed the question to defence procurement minister Philip Dunne, asking him to reveal what steps have been taken to assess where the new Type 26 Global Combat Ship and general purpose frigates will be based and maintained.

Mr Dunne was unable to give a definitive answer on where the new vessels would be based – although he did hint an update was on the horizon.

Mr Dunne added: ‘The Royal Navy routinely reviews its requirements for future waterfront infrastructure, including berths, docks and related facilities, to inform decisions regarding infrastructure investment, base porting and maintenance.

‘The next review is planned to be conducted later this year and will take account of decisions in last year’s Strategic Defence and Security Review, particularly the announcement of a class of eight Type 26 Global Combat Ships and the proposed new class of general purpose frigate.’

Portsmouth is the base for six of the navy’s 13 frigates.