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Joint Personnel Administration

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures are in place to ensure Joint Personnel Administration connection to the Royal Navy ships. (110397)

For all surface vessels at sea, connection is provided to the main Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) system in the UK via a satellite link. When vessels are in port the ship-to-shore local area communications network is used.

When a satellite connection is unavailable, as is the case with submarines at sea, the vessel's own IT infrastructure stores work locally until it can be synchronised with the main JPA system.

Ships have been using these systems successfully since 13 November 2006.