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Sea King Helicopters

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the age is of each Sea King helicopter operated by the Department; and if he will make a statement. (157575)

The following table shows the age of each Sea King helicopter currently operated by the Department.

Sea King helicopter ages

Tail No.

A/C Mk

Age of aircraft (years)

XV647

5

38

XV648

5

38

XV649

7

38

XV656

7

38

XV661

5

38

XV664

7

37

XV666

5

37

XV670

5

37

XV671

7

37

XV672

7

37

XV673

5

37

XV676

6C

37

XV697

7

37

XV699

5

36

XV700

6C

36

XV703

6C

36

XV705

5

36

XV707

7

36

XV714

7

35

XZ578

5

31

XZ580

6C

30

XZ585

3

30

XZ586

3

30

XZ587

3

30

XZ588

3

30

XZ589

3

30

XZ590

3

30

XZ591

3

29

XZ592

3

29

XZ593

3

29

XZ594

3

29

XZ595

3

29

XZ596

3

29

XZ597

3

29

XZ598

3

29

XZ599

3

29

XZ920

5

28

XZ922

6C

28

ZA105

3

27

ZA126

7

27

ZA130

5

27

ZA134

5

26

ZA137

5

26

ZA166

5

25

ZA167

5

25

ZA291

4

28

ZA292

4

28

ZA293

4

27

ZA295

4

27

ZA296

4

27

ZA297

4

27

ZA298

4

26

ZA299

4

26

ZA310

4

26

ZA312

4

26

ZA313

4

26

ZA314

4

25

ZB507

4

25

ZD476

4

23

ZD477

4

24

ZD479

4

24

ZD480

4

24

ZD625

4

23

ZD626

4

23

ZD627

4

23

ZD636

7

23

ZE368

3

22

ZE369

3

22

ZE370

3

22

ZE418

7

22

ZE420

7

21

ZE422

7

21

ZE425

4

22

ZE426

4

22

ZE427

4

22

ZE428

4

22

ZF115

4

21

ZF116

4

21

ZF117

4

21

ZF118

4

21

ZF119

4

21

ZF120

4

21

ZF121

4

21

ZF122

4

21

ZF123

4

21

ZF124

4

20

ZG820

4

17

ZG821

4

17

ZG822

4

17

ZH540

3A

12

ZH541

3A

12

ZH542

3A

12

ZH543

3A

12

ZH544

3A

12

ZH545

3A

10

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many hours of service and maintenance were needed to support one hour of flying for the Sea King helicopter fleet in each year from 1990-91 to 2006-07; what his estimate is of the equivalent figure for 2007-08; and if he will make a statement. (157576)

The number of maintenance hours needed to support one hour of flying for the Sea King helicopter fleet are shown in the following table:

Number

1998-99

18.3

1999-2000

15.3

2000-01

15.0

2001-02

18.5

2002-03

20.1

2003-04

23.2

2004-05

22.2

2005-06

21.9

2006-07

17.9

2007-08

115.2

1 The 2007-08 hours are those recorded to date (i.e. up to 10 October 2007).

The hours prior to 1998-99 are not available from a central source and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.