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Aircraft Carriers: Harrier Aircraft

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Harrier aircraft are currently deployed on each Royal Navy carrier. (125682)

[holding answer 6 March 2007]: There are currently six Harrier aircraft embarked on HMS Illustrious. There are no Harriers embarked on any other Royal Navy ships.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Harrier pilots are certificated for night take-off from, and landings onto, Royal Navy aircraft carriers. (125683)

[holding answer 6 March 2007]: I am withholding the number of pilots qualified as this information would, or would be likely to, prejudice the security of our armed forces. Joint Force Harrier maintains a cadre of sufficient night certificated pilots to meet its contingent liabilities.