To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2017 to Question 64606, which (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Air Force roles required to support the F-35 Lightning II programme are undermanned; and what estimate he has made of the number of personnel required to adequately support that programme.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2017 to Question 64606, how many specialist personnel from the (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Air Force were part of the increase in specialist personnel needed to support the Lightning II programme since his Department's Major Projects Portfolio data was published.
The majority of military posts required to support F-35 Lightning II Initial Operating Capability have been established and are being filled. In the limited areas where posts are waiting to be established, work is on-going to address this through the formal processes and will be dependent upon a successful outcome. Whilst Lightning posts are being filled on a priority basis, current manning is under review.