Royal Navy: Doubts surround future of Portsmouth frigate HMS Westminster amid concerns over refit
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The publication added that an intended two-year refit was due to take place to extend her lifespan, but this was shelved due to “prohibitive costs” and the deteriorating condition of the vessel.
In a question tabled to the House of Commons on September 4, John Healey, Labour MP for Wentworth and Deane, asked secretary of state for defence James Cartlidge what the current status of HMS Westminster was and if the Ministry of Defence (MoD) had made a decision about about her modernisation.
Mr Cartlidge, a Conservative MP for South Suffolk, said: “HMS Westminster remains in Devonport dockyard and is part of a modernisation programme being implemented to all Type 23s that are in upkeep. We do not disclose the fine detail of forward availability forecasts to preserve the operational security of the Fleet.”
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