The Royal Navy’s most powerful warship has been stuck in port for a year due to maintenance issues
The Minister of Defense admitted that two of the most powerful warships in the Royal Navy have stayed in ports over the past year due to maintenance issues.
Since 2017, HMS Daring’s voyage has only been 85 days, but it has never spent a day at sea.
Its 8000-ton sister ship HMS Duncan will also be restricted to Portsmouth throughout 2020.
The chief of the navy discovered engine problems on six Type 45 destroyers in 2016, but it took several years to solve the problem.
The ship’s engine was damaged in warm water, making it difficult to serve in the Persian Gulf.
The contractor claimed at the time that the Ministry of Defense did not tell them that the Type 45 destroyer would spend a long time operating in warm waters.
Latest Ministry of Defense data It shows that in 2020, all six destroyers stayed at sea for 339 days in total.
Four of the Navy’s 13 Type 23 frigates also spent the last year, while the other only stayed at sea for 10 days.
Since 2018, the HMS Portland has not left the port and has only sailed at sea for 41 days in the past four years. HMS Somerset It has been stuck in the port since 2019.
These ships are the most expensive assets in the armed forces, with annual operating costs ranging from £11 to £13 million.
These ships are also vital to the safety of the British sea lanes.
Labor last night It is claimed that this problem has put tremendous pressure on Britain’s maritime defense capabilities.
Shadow Secretary of Defense John Healey MP, He said: “Russia has intensified hostilities near British waters, but the ministers have failed to park these important ships at sea. Destroyers cannot defend Britain from the dock.
“The Secretary of Defense has serious questions to answer. Why are these destroyers now spending so much less time at sea? Why is it a top priority to send two destroyers around the world when defending Britain?”
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Experts say that some of the difficulties in getting these ships out to sea are due to lack of crew, which means they are occasionally used as training ships.
He said: “For the Secretary of Defense, the availability of ships has always been an urgent problem to be solved.
“As a result of the comprehensive review, we will lose one frigate every year from 2025, which means that from this year we will only have 11 frigates, by 2025 there will be only 10 frigates, and by 2026 there will be only 9 frigates.
“The delay in ordering new frigates is at the core of the problem.”
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A spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense said: “The Type 45 is a world-class destroyer, and the Type 23 frigate is the core of the frontline fleet.
“Both parties play a key role in the Royal Navy’s “ship-based strike” capabilities, and they have made tremendous contributions to defending the defense of Britain and its highly valued international partners.
“All Royal Navy ships are rotated according to the planned operating cycle, involving routine maintenance, repair, training, deployment, departure, necessary modifications and upgrades. Therefore, according to the requirements of the Ministry of Defense, they will be in different states of combat readiness.”