HC Deb 05 July 1966 vol 731 c54W
Earl of Dalkeith

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what ships of the Royal Navy have been involved in operations concerned with the application of sanctions against Rhodesia; and how many aircraft sorties have been flown by ship-based and shore-based aircraft, respectively.

Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu

H.M. Ships "Eagle", "Ark Royal", and a number of frigates, supported by ships of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. Carrier-based aircraft flew about 2,300 sorties amounting to about 3,500 flying hours, shore-based aircraft flew about 100 sorties totalling about 900 flying hours. Sorties were also flown by helicopters from other ships but we do not have figures readily available.