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HMS Queen Elizabeth

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when (a) HMS Queen Elizabeth and (b) HMS Prince of Wales are expected to join the fleet; and what (i) types and (ii) quantities of each type of aircraft are to be carried on each. (296634)

The planned in-service dates for the HMS Queen Elizabeth and the HMS Prince of Wales are towards the end of 2015 and 2018 respectively.

The Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers will be capable of supporting a tailored Joint Force Air Group of up to 40 aircraft each. This will mainly comprise the Joint Strike Fighter, but will also include Merlin and Sea King Helicopters, depending on the nature of the tasks and the operating environment. Prior to the entry into service of the Joint Strike Fighter, it is intended that the primary fixed wing aircraft will be the Harrier GR9.