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Rescue Services

Defence written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Labour, Bridgend

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) how many and which types of (a) rotary wing and (b) fixed-wing aircraft were deployed in the search and rescue operation for the Swanland; and if he will make a statement;

(2) whether aircraft deployed in the search and rescue operation for the Swanland were carrying EOSDS facilities; whether EOSDS was used during the operation; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Three RAF and one Royal Navy Sea King Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopters were deployed in the search and rescue operation for the Swanland, during which both military and civilian assets were used. No RAF or Royal Navy fixed-wing aircraft were involved.

All four Sea King helicopters were equipped with infra-red turrets which were used during the operation as required. This provided an Electro-Optical Surveillance and Detection System (EOSDS) capability which transmits TV and infra-red video to the crew.

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