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Helicopters

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) actual and (b) required figures are for helicopter crew personnel for each relevant squadron of the (i) Fleet Air Arm and (ii) Royal Air Force. (84544)

The actual and required figures for helicopter crew personnel (excluding ground crew) for each relevant squadron of the Fleet Air Arm and Royal Air Force are shown in the following tables:

Fleet Air Arm

Squadron (Sqn)

Actual (held)

Required (establishment)

Sea King Mk 4

845 Naval Air Squadron (NAS)

49

45

Sea King Mk 4

846 NAS

48

45

Sea King Mk 4

848 NAS

29

33

Lynx AH7

847 NAS

15

18

Lynx Mk 3/8

702 NAS

22

24

Lynx Mk 3/8

815 NAS

60

70

Merlin Mk 1

700 NAS

9

11

Merlin Mk 1

814 NAS

32

33

Merlin Mk 1

820 NAS

29

33

Merlin Mk 1

824 NAS

48

72

Merlin Mk 1

829 NAS

19

21

SKASaC Mk 7

849 NAS

15

15

SKASaC Mk 7

849 A Flt

14

15

SKASaC Mk 7

849 B Flt

13

15

Sea King Mk 5 Search & Rescue

771 Sqn

42

42

Sea King Mk 5 Search & Rescue

GANNET

20

20

Royal Air Force

Squadron

Actual (held)

Required (establishment)

Chinook HC2

7 Sqn

43

46

Chinook HC2

18 Sqn

96

95

Chinook HC2

27 Sqn

60

59

Puma HC1

230 Sqn

56

54

Puma HC1

33 Sqn

84

77

Merlin HC3

28 Sqn

88

102

Sea King HAR 3/3A Search & Rescue

22 Sqn

54

58

Sea King HAR 3/3A Search & Rescue

202 Sqn

57

59

Sea King HAR 3A Search & Rescue

203(R) Sqn

20

20

Twin Squirrel

32 Sqn

3

3

Griffin HAR2

84 Sqn

11

11

Squirrel HT1, Griffin HT1

60(R) Sqn—Defence Helicopter Flying School

47

46