HC Deb 18 December 1963 vol 686 cc210-1W
52. Mr. Wall

asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty if he will make a statement on the provision of new helicopters in commando carriers and in frigates.

Mr. Hay

Following Ministry of Aviation flying trials, both the improved commando version of the Wessex helicopter and the new anti-submarine Wasp have been given clearance for Service use. Substantial numbers of each are on order and deliveries are being made to the Royal Navy. We are particularly encouraged by the Wasp's progress. H.M.S. "Leander"—the lead ship for the new system—has had a Wasp aboard since September: its performance has been extremely satisfactory.