Aircraft Carriers

Defence written question – answered on 13th November 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his plans are for the operational role of HMS Prince of Wales; whether recent decisions on the procurement of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have caused those plans to be modified; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Queen Elizabeth Class carriers and F-35B short take off vertical landing variant of the joint strike fighter will deliver the UK's carrier strike capability, as well as providing support to amphibious operations and broader Government interests worldwide. The decision to revert to the F-35B joint strike fighter has given us the option to use both carriers to provide continuous carrier availability should we decide to do so. A final decision on the use of the second carrier will be taken as part of the strategic defence and security review in 2015.

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