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Part of Isil – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 20th October 2014.

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Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon The Secretary of State for Defence 2:30 pm, 20th October 2014

I am delighted to confirm our decision to deploy the second carrier within the Royal Navy. It will ensure that we have one carrier available 100% of the time, either at sea or at very high readiness. The carriers will give us unprecedented flexibility over the next 50 years to deploy our power globally to assist in joint strike fighter operations, peacekeeping, conflict prevention missions and the provision of aid and assistance in times of humanitarian crisis.