Submarines

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 12th September 2014.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many suitably qualified and experienced personnel staff are currently required and how many such positions are vacant in (a) Astute, (b) Vanguard and (c) Trafalgar class submarine crews.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The information requested, as at 8 September 2014, is shown in the following table:

REQUIRED POSITIONS

(LIABILITY)

VACANT POSITIONS

A Class (Astute, Ambush only)

280

25

T Class (Torbay, Trenchant, Talent, Triumph only)

620

65

V Class (Vanguard, Victorious, Vigilant only)

1,080

120

Note: All figures are rounded in accordance with the Defence Statistics rounding policy. All numbers over 100 are rounded to the nearest 10 with numbers ending in 5 rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to avoid bias. Numbers under 100 are rounded to the nearest 5.

None of the existing vacancies is in a post categorised as safety critical and no submarine would go to sea without the minimum required complement of suitably qualified and experienced personnel.

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