HC Deb 15 December 1954 vol 535 c145W
68. Air Commodore Harvey

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he will make a statement on helicopter trials which have been carried out in connection with anti-submarine work with merchant ships.

Mr. J. P. L. Thomas

Trials carried out about four years ago showed that a helicopter could land and take off from the type of merchant ship used in the trial, in moderate weather. I am advised however that, in their present stage of development, anti-submarine helicopters operated from merchant ships could not be economically deployed, adequately briefed, or properly maintained.

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