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EH101 Helicopters

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Merlin Mark 1 helicopters are (a) in and (b) not in service; and what the status is of those not in service. (211502)

For the purposes of this answer ‘in service’ has been taken to mean those helicopters in the Forward Fleet, available to the Front Line Commands for training and operations. ‘Not in service’ has been taken to mean those helicopters in the Depth Fleet, in depth maintenance/storage, trials and undergoing upgrades.

The number of Merlin Mk1 helicopters ‘in service’ as at 16 June 2008 is 23.

There are 19 Merlin Mk1 helicopters ‘not in service’, of which, 13 are in depth maintenance facility, four are trialling new equipment and two are undergoing upgrades.