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HMS Gannet

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

10. To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the performance of the Royal Navy search and rescue team based at HMS Gannet in relation to civilians. (179997)

There have been no such discussions but my hon. Friend will be pleased to note that figures released by HMS Gannet state that the crews of the three Sea King search and rescue helicopters based there undertook 357 helicopter missions in 2007. This is around 100 more than the next closest UK helicopter base and an increase of 30 per cent. over last year’s figures.

All those at HMS Gannet have shown great dedication and professionalism. They have assisted 349 people on these missions, making it the greatest number of missions and people saved by any single UK search and rescue unit since Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre records began in 1983.