HC Deb 03 February 1984 vol 53 c384W
Mr. Hardy

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he is satisfied with the pace of change in the replacement of Shackleton aircraft by Nimrods; and when he expects the Shackleton aircraft to cease to fulfil their normal reconnaissance role.

Mr. Pattie

Replacement of the Shackleton aircraft by Nimrods in the maritime reconnaissance role was completed in 1971. In the airborne early warning role the Shackletons will phase out gradually as the Nimrods enter service.