To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures have been taken to maintain aircraft carrier operating capabilities during the deployment of Joint Force Harrier on Operation Herrick in Afghanistan. [HL5667]
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many aircraft from navies other than the Royal Navy have landed on Her Majesty's ships in each of the last three years. [HL5668]
While the UK Harrier force was on active service in Afghanistan, a minimum level of aircraft carrier operating capabilities was maintained through routine embarkations of UK Harrier aircraft and Harriers from other nations.
In 2007, a total of 26 aircraft from the US, Spanish and Italian navies embarked on Her Majesty's ships. These aircraft were participating in joint exercises with the UK. No such aircraft embarked in 2008 and no such embarkations are planned for 2009.