Frigates to be fitted with new missiles from 2015

HMS Lancaster, one of the ''''''Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigates
HMS Lancaster, one of the ''''''Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigates

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THE navy’s fleet of Type 23 frigates will have a new missile system installed from 2015, the government says.

In the House of Commons, Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock asked the secretary of state for defence when the fitting of the new Sea Ceptor defence system would be complete.

Philip Dunne, the minister for defence equipment, said the missiles will be installed on the frigates as part of their long-term refit programme.

This will begin in 2015 and will be completed by 2021. The Royal Navy has six Type 23 frigates based in Portsmouth.