HC Deb 03 May 1971 vol 816 c283W
Mr. Judd

asked the Minister of State for Defence whether he will make a statement on the circumstances in which a Hecla Class survey ship is being built in Glasgow for the South African Navy to replace the 26-year-old 2,260 ton frigate S.A.S. Natal.

Mr. Ian Gilmour

In November, 1969, the South African Navy ordered from Yarrows an unarmed vessel of the Hecla class which is specially designed for oceanographic survey work. The ship is under construction and should be completed by about the end of this year.