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Rescue Services

Defence written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) does not currently dedicate rotary or fixed-wing assets to the combat search and rescue role. Were a requirement to generate such a standing commitment be identified the MOD would allocate assets from its broad spectrum of capabilities according to the nature of the environment within which they were required to operate; this could be carried out by Merlin or Chinook helicopters. A combat recovery capability is in place in Afghanistan through the use of Chinook helicopters by the medical emergency response team.

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