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Military Aircraft: Warships

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to allow French (a) fixed-wing and (b) rotary-wing aircraft on (i) HMS Prince of Wales and (ii) HMS Queen Elizabeth. (245093)

While there are currently no plans for French aircraft to operate from HMS Prince of Wales or HMS Queen Elizabeth, it is standard practice for fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft from allied nations to embark each other's ships for training purposes.