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Royal Navy News

04th December 2002

Lord Bach, Minister for Defence Procurement, announced today that the Royal Navy Type 42 Destroyer HMS Nottingham will be repaired at HM Naval Base at Portsmouth.

Repairs will commence as soon as practicable, and are expected to take up to 18 months to complete.

The future of HMS Nottingham has been subject to a full Investment Appraisal, which considered a range of options. Since HMS Nottingham underwent an extensive refit programme in 1999, which extended her operational life to 2012, the most cost-effective solution was established to be a full repair of the ship. HMS Nottingham will be delivered to Southampton Water by the Heavy Lift Ship MV Swan shortly, and then towed by tug to HM Naval Base, Portsmouth.

In choosing the preferred contractor the MOD invited only those UK dockyards that had demonstrable experience in maintaining Type 42 Warships. As a result of that process the contract was placed with Fleet Support Limited.

Commenting on the decision, Lord Bach said:

"The repair of HMS Nottingham and the retention of her potent warfighting capability is good news for the Royal Navy. This is also good news for HM Naval Base at Portsmouth and its workforce".

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