HC Deb 02 April 1952 vol 498 c1639
4. Captain Robert Ryder

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what steps are being taken to enable officers to gain operational experience in long-range shore-based aircraft.

Mr. J. P. L. Thomas

Naval officers have, of course, no occasion to operate such aircraft, but an understanding of the operation of R.A.F. long-range aircraft is acquired by naval officers at the joint service schools and certain R.A.F. courses.

Captain Ryder

Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that our senior naval officers have, in fact, sufficient experience in the operation of these aircraft?

Mr. Thomas

Yes, I can say that I am satisfied on that point.