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Raf Leuchars

Volume 202: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Wessex aircraft are presently deployed at RAF Leuchars; and how many flying hours the individual aircraft have undergone;(2) what is the current manpower strength of 22 Squadron stationed at RAF Leuchars.

B flight 22 search and rescue squadron stationed at RAF Leuchars has 33 personnel. Two Wessex helicopters are currently deployed at RAF Leuchars. By 17 January 1992 one aircraft had flown 8,293 hours and the other 9,211 hours, since manufacture.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many rescues have been effected as a result of search-and-rescue operations from RAF Leuchars (a) in daylight hours and (b) after dusk having been commenced in daylight, since the restriction to daylight only working was imposed.

From 1 October 1989, when the daylight working only restriction was imposed, to the end of 1991, RAF Leuchars responded to 308 callouts and 184 people were rescued. Of these, 11 were callouts which commenced in daylight but continued after dusk and nine people were rescued.