HC Deb 04 February 1963 vol 671 c23W
Captain Kerby

asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty why a production order for the Wasp anti-submarine helicopter was not placed until last autumn, when two of the frigates designed to carry it had been completed and others were nearly ready.

Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing

Initial production steps were taken in 1961 but the full order was not placed until development problems had been sufficiently overcome to justify it. Deliveries can be expected shortly and we plan to embark Wasps later this year after shore trials.