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HMS Gannet

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many search and rescue missions were flown from HMS Gannet in each of the last five years. (317779)

The information requested is provided in the following table:

HMS Gannet Search and Rescue

Calendar year

SAR callouts

Persons assisted

2005

267

226

2006

269

303

2007

359

286

2008

382

347

2009

447

378

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) civilian and (b) service staff have been employed at HMS Gannet, Royal Navy Unit Prestwick in each of the last five years. (317780)

The civilian and service staff employed at HMS Gannet, Royal Navy Unit Prestwick, in each of the last five years is as follows:

Manning levels at HMS Gannet

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

Royal Navy aircrew

20

20

20

20

21

21

Royal Navy support

92

63

17

13

8

5

Contractor engineering support

0

0

40

42

42

45

Civil service

11

10

8

8

8

8

Support staff

18

20

20

17

16

15

MGS/MDP

21

21

21

20

10

9

Totals

162

134

134

120

105

103

The figures reflect: the award of the Sea King Integrated Operational Support contract in 2007, which replaced the Royal Navy Maintenance personnel with civilian contractors; and the reduction in the Military Guard Service/Ministry of Defence Police following the closure of the Greensite (accommodation and administrative site) which came under the jurisdiction of the Prestwick Airfield authority during 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the maintenance costs were of HMS Gannet, Royal Navy Unit Prestwick in each of the last five years. (317781)

Planned and reactive maintenance costs for HMS Gannet for each of the last five years are shown in the following table.

Financial year

Maintenance cost (£)

2005-06

72,351

2006-07

72,082

2007-08

69,804

2008-09

61,634

2009-10

143,724

1 To date.

Projects outside the scope of this response include changes to operational requirements, condition improvements, and lifecycle replacements.

The reduction in maintenance costs per year is due to the reactive maintenance element of the service provided. By its very nature reactive maintenance is unpredictable in its volume, scope and cost and is dependent on many operational usage factors.