HC Deb 26 April 2002 vol 384 cc484-6W
Mr. Keetch

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list, by aircraft type, the Royal Navy's Rotary wing operational fleet; how many aircraft of each type are(a) owned and (b) leased by his Department; and if he will make a statement. [52135]

Mr. Ingram

[holding answer 25 April 2002]: The numbers of aircraft in the RN operational fleet (which is entirely owned by the Department), listed by type as at 1 April 2002, are shown in the table below. The table includes those aircraft operated by Royal Navy personnel serving within Naval Air Squadrons within both Joint Force Harrier and the Joint Helicopter Command.

Type/Class Aircraft Type No
Fixed Wing Sea Harrier F/A2 29
Harrier T8 Trainers 4
Hawk 12

Type/Class No. Operational or engaged in preparing for service, trials or training No. Undergoing refit or held at a low level of readiness
Trident 3 Vengeance, Victorious, Vigilant 1 Vanguard
Fleet 6 Talent, Tireless, Torbay, Trafalgar, Triumph, Turbulent 1 Trenchant
1 Splendid 4 Sceptre, Spartan, Sovereign, Superb
Aircraft Carriers 2 Illustrious, Ark Royal 1 Invincible
Landing Platform Dock*
Landing Platform Helicopter 1 Ocean
Type 42 8 Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Newcastle, Nottingham, Southampton, York 3 Liverpool, Gloucester, Manchester
Type 23 13 Argyll, Grafton, Kent, Lancaster, Montrose, Northumberland, Norfolk, Portland, Richmond, St Albans, Somerset, Southerland, Westminster 3 Iron Duke, Monmouth, Marlborough
Type 22 5 Campbeltown, Chatham, Cornwall, Cumberland, Sheffield
Offshore Patrol
Castle Class 2 Leeds Castle, Dumbarton Castle
Island Class 5 Alderney, Anglesey, Guernsey, Lindisfarne, Shetland
Hunt Class 11 Atherstone, Brecon, Brocklesby, Cattistock, Chiddingfold, Cottesmore, Dulverton, Hurworth, Ledbury, Middleton, Quorn
Sandown Class 10 Bangor, Blyth, Bridport, Grimsby, Inverness, Pembroke, Penzance, Ramsey, Sandown, Walney 1 Shoreham
Patrol Craft
Coastal Training Craft 14 Archer, Biter, Blazer, Charger, Dasher, Example. Exploit, Explorer, Express, Puncher, Pursuer, Raider, Smiter, Tracker
Gibraltar Search and Rescue Craft 2 Ranger, Trumpeter
Ice Patrol Ship 1 Endurance
Survey Ships 3 Gleaner, Roebuck, Scott
* As a result of the withdrawal from service of HMS FEARLESS announced on 7 March 2002 (Official Report, column 474W), there were no Landing Platform Docks in the strength of the Fleet as at 1 April 2002. However, two Landing Platform Dock replacements (HMS ALBION and HMS BULWARK) are planned to enter service in 2003.
Type/Class Aircraft Type No
Jetstream 11
Rotary wing Sea King 66
Lynx 63
Merlin 21
Gazelle 8

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