Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 31 October 2016.

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Photo of Douglas Chapman Douglas Chapman Scottish National Party, Dunfermline and West Fife

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department considers to be the standard composition of the maritime task group outlined in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Maritime Task Group will be tailored for each task. While the precise number and mix of vessels deployed would be dictated by the prevailing operational circumstances, we could draw from a range of modern and highly capable vessels including the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, with embarked F-35B Lightning II and helicopters, surface combatants, submarines and logistic support shipping.

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