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Cyprus: Military Aircraft

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Air Force aircraft are permanently based in Cyprus. (208160)

There are no Royal Air Force aircraft permanently based in Cyprus. However, there is a complement of three contractor owned, Government operated (COGO) helicopters based with UK forces in Cyprus. These helicopters are owned and maintained by the contractor but operated by the RAF and painted with an RAF colour scheme. The aircraft is the Griffin HAR2 and its main role is search and rescue.