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« on: December 15, 2010, 05:21:42 pm »

HMS Illustrious will be axed one year early and amphibious flagship HMS Albion will be mothballed next autumn after details of the Strategic Defence and Security Review were thrashed out. No Type 22 frigate will fly the White Ensign beyond April 2011 and three RFA support vessels are also being paid off that same month, Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox has told MPs. His announcement follows October’s review which warned that apart from HMS Ark Royal being decommissioned early, the axe would fall on all Type 22 frigates, one of two remaining carriers – either Illustrious or Ocean – and either Albion or Bulwark would be put into extended readiness. The review also stated that one Bay class landing ship and other RFA vessels would leave service; a smaller Fleet meant fewer support ships would be required. After two months’ work, the fine details of the cuts have been worked out, Dr Fox said in a written statement:

HMS Illustrious, currently in refit in Scotland, will run until 2014 when she will decommissioned as HMS Ocean emerges from refit; the Mighty O will serve as the nation’s on-call carrier until HMS Queen Elizabeth enters service in the middle of the decade.

HMS Chatham will pay off by the end of January; her sisters Campbeltown and Cumberland (currently deployed in the Gulf) will be out of service by April 1; Cornwall will pay off when she returns from her anti-piracy patrol in late April.

HMS Albion will enter extended readiness in the autumn of 2011 when her sister Bulwark is declared fully operational after her refit; the two ships will trade places in 2016 when Bulwark enters refit again.

RFA Largs Bay will be withdrawn from service in April after just four and a half years’ service.

Veteran tanker RFA Bayleaf and one-stop support ship RFA Fort George will be paid off in April.
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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2010, 12:39:42 am »

I am very sad to see these fine ships going so early..I would love to see canada take interest in the Largs Bay or Fort George...

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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2010, 02:18:38 pm »

If both ships are only 4 yrs old it would be a good investment fior canada  i agree unless both vessels have a major flaw in them no one is saying anything about
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