EH101 Helicopters

Defence written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Merlin 1 helicopters are (a) in service, (b) under repair and (c) being cannibalised for parts; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

On 1 March 2007, the details for the Royal Navy's Merlin helicopter fleet were as follows:

Helicopter type Departmental fleet In service Under repair Other
Merlin Mk 1 42 26 7 9

"In service" aircraft are those in the forward fleet and available to the front line and training units. Aircraft "Under repair" are those in the depth fleet which are undergoing planned routine depth maintenance. "Other" aircraft are those awaiting depth maintenance; in long-term storage; undergoing trials/development activity or subject to modifications with industry.

Within the forward fleet controlled cannibalisation is conducted as part of normal business. Cannibalised aircraft are routinely returned to service when the necessary spare parts become available. Of the aircraft in the "Under repair" category, four are subject to controlled cannibalisation to support aircraft maintenance.

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