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Air Force: Deployment

Volume 473: debated on Friday 14 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average unit tour interval was for each (a) aircraft and (b) helicopter crew type in the Royal Air Force in the latest period for which figures are available. (193091)

The following table provides the latest average tour intervals between deployments for the crews of the aircraft and helicopter types specified. It should be noted that there may be variances for individual crew members.

Weeks

Average crew tour interval

Aircraft type

Tornado GR4

52

Harrier

40

Tristar

21

VC10

12

C130

10

Nimrod Rl

10

Nimrod MR2

35

BAe 125

10

Helicopter type

Chinook

32

Puma

32

Merlin

32

Tour lengths for crew on different aircraft/helicopter types vary from three to 12

weeks.