Gerald Jones MP

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Defence Questions - November 2017

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Yesterday at Defence Questions, I questioned the Minister about what the Government is doing to remedy the issues with our Type 45 Destroyers.

Gerald Jones MP (Shadow Minister for Defence): "HMS Diamond recently had to abandon its operations because of issues with its propeller. This means that none of the £1 billion Type 45 destroyers, which have been riddled with issues, is currently at sea. Given the important role that they will play in supporting the carriers, what urgent action are the Government taking to remedy these issues?"

Harriet Baldwin (Parliamentary Under Secretary for Defence): "There is of course a limit to what we can comment on with regard to the specifics of the situation, but I can assure the hon. Gentleman that as part of our regular force deployment we will be regenerating that capability, and the Royal Navy is able to meet all its operational capabilities around the world."

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