§ Mr. Viggers
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when(a) HMS Fearless and (b) HMS Intrepid (i) last put to sea and (ii) will next engage in military manoeuvres.
§ Mr. Soames
HMS Fearless was last at sea on 9 June 1995. She is currently in dock at Portsmouth undergoing routine maintenance and is scheduled to return to operational duties at the end of March. She is next planned to participate in military exercises at the end of April.
HMS Intrepid was last at sea on 8 November 1990. She is currently in a state of extended readiness at Portsmouth, available for operations at longer notice if required.