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The most recent Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR) published in 2015 confirmed the British government intends to maintain the current sea power. Eight Type 26 frigates and Five Type 31 general purpose ships will replace the fleet of Duke class frigates over the next 15 years.
The Royal Navy conducted a test firing of Harpoon anti-ship missile from HMS Montrose at the Scottish exercise areas in the Northern sea.
MBDA was awarded a £483 five-year MOD contract to develop the Sea Ceptor, a new naval air defense system for the British Royal Navy Type 23 frigates. As part of the 'Future Local Area Air Defence System' (FLAADS), Sea Ceptor will replace the current Vertical Launch SeaWolf by 2016.
After a 13 months makeover in Rosyth, HMS Argyll, the Royal Navy’s oldest Type 23 Duke Class frigate is back in service following a £20m, year-long refit (The Argyll was commissioned in 1991). Among the new systems on board are the latest version of the Seawolf air defense missile system, a new command system, the main gas turbine, two generators, and on-board internet.