§ 75. Rear-Admiral Morgan Giles
asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Air Force pilots have been posted to the Fleet Air Arm.
§ Mr. Merlyn Rees
During 1966, nine R.A.F. pilots have volunteered for posting to the Fleet Air Arm to meet Naval requirements. All have settled down well.
§ Rear-Admiral Morgan Giles
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the 322W total present shortage of naval officer aircrew for Fleet Air Arm fixed-wing squadrons.
§ Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu
All Fleet Air Arm fixed-wing squadrons are fully manned. It has, however, been necessary for 17 volunteer R.A.F. aircrew to be loaned to the Fleet Air Arm to achieve this. Naval aircrew recruiting is up to target and except for a small additional loan of R.A.F. navigators in 1967 the need for further R.A.F. assistance is not foreseen.