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Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 1st October 2015.

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Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 16 September (HL1944), how many F35B Sea Lightnings were assumed to be in the air wings when the Prime Minister stated in September 2014 that both new aircrafts carriers would be operated concurrently in the future.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

In September 2014, at the NATO Summit, the Prime Minister announced that, "the second carrier, HMS PRINCE OF WALES will also be brought into service. This will ensure that we will always have one carrier available, 100% of the time." The exact number of fixed wing aircraft embarked at any time will be dependent on the mission being undertaken.

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