Procurement of Type 26 and Type 45 combat ships examined


Defence Committee questions top Navy Officials on Type 25 and Type 45 ships procurement

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The Defence Committee takes evidence from top Navy Officials on the procurement of the Type 26 Global Combat Ship and the Type 45 Destroyer.


Tuesday 7 June 2016, the Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 10.45am

  • Rt Hon Lord West of Spithead GCB, DSC, PC, former First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
  • Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB, OBE, DL, former First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
  • Peter Roberts, Senior Research Fellow for Sea Power and Maritime Studies at RUSI

At 11.30am

  • John Hudson, Managing Director, BAE Systems plc
  • Andrew McKeran, Marine Business Executive, GE Energy Connections – Power ConversionDr Andrew Tyler, Chief Executive Europe, Northrop Grumman
  • Tomas Leahy, Director, EMEA Programmes, Naval Marine, Rolls-Royce

At 12.15pm

  • Duncan McPhee, Manual Convenor (Scotstoun), Unite

Focus of the session

The Committee seeks to examine:

  • The effect on Royal Navy capability of the decision in the 2015 SDSR to reduce the number of the Type 26 Global Combat Ships from 13 to 8 with the expectation that the remaining 5 vessels will be a new class of lighter, flexible general purpose frigates
  • An assessment of the impact of the reported delays in the Type 26 programme
  • The MoD, Royal Navy and industry decision-making processes in relation to the Integrated Full Electric Propulsion system for the Type 45
  • An assessment of the propulsion problems on the Type 45 vessels and the impact on the Royal Navy’s ability to conduct its work
  • How will the problems with the Type 45 be remedied in the short and long term, including the Project Napier work strands
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