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08/03/2011
Submarines and Warships

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many submarines are currently available for operations; (2) what the (a) name and (b) type is of each (i) destroyer and (ii) frigate in service with the Royal Navy and available for operations. (Hansard 8 March 2011, Col.917W)


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08/03/2011
BAE’s new division will ‘forge long-term future’

A NEW maritime division of BAE, which has taken overall charge of shipbuilding, will “drive efficiency improvements”, say its bosses.


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07/03/2011
Royal Navy involvement off Libya

Information taken from MoD Press Release, 7 March 2011 entitled "Update on Libya"


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07/03/2011
Crane for Navy's new carriers arrives in Scotland

The UK's largest crane, which will be used to help assemble the Royal Navy's new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, passed under the Forth bridges last week on its way to Babcock's Rosyth dockyard in Fife.


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03/03/2011
UNITE launch new shipbuilding industrial sector factsheet detailing the union's policies

Unite Industrial Sector Fact Sheet February 2011. Sector: Shipbuilding and Repair Research Contact: Janet Golds National Officer: Ian Waddle


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02/03/2011
Highlights of the Department of the Navy FY 2012 Budget USA

Ballistic missile submarine: The next class of ballistic missile submarines – commonly called SSBN(X) – is called Sea Based Strategic Deterrent (SBSD) Advanced Submarine System Development (ASSD) in the budget. The budget includes $781.6 million in FY2012 and shows $5.1 billion through FY2010-FY2016.


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01/03/2011
Trident

It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair today, Mr Benton, and to secure the debate. Its focus is on the cost issues associated with Trident, and on issues of parliamentary scrutiny. Many other issues are associated with Britain's possession of nuclear weapons, but I hope that in the short time we have today we shall focus on the aspects I have mentioned. (Hansard 1 March 2011, Col. 65WH)


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28/02/2011
Libya crisis shows why we're right on defence reform

Liam Fox, the defence secretary, sets out in The Sunday Telegraph why he believes the Coalition is right to radically reform UK defences.


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28/02/2011
Nuclear Weapons

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at which (a) locations and (b) facilities the planned deferral of £1 billion from future spending on infrastructure for the Trident replacement programme announced in the Strategic Defence and Security Review will be made. (Hansard 28 February 2011, Col.82W)


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21/02/2011
Wanted: experts to work on next generation subs

BARROW’S shipyard is planning to recruit more professional engineers this year to work on detailed designs for replacing the Trident missiles submarines.


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