Aircraft Carriers

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 28 March 2017.

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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, with reference to paragraph 1.8, page 16 of the National Audit Office report, Delivering Carrier Strike, published on 16 March 2017, whether the task group supporting the carriers is likely to represent around 27 per cent of the Navy's fleet by tonnage and 20 per cent of the personnel needed to crew the fleet, depending on how the carriers are deployed.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers are central to future maritime task group operations. The very nature of this task group will mean that the proportion of the Royal Navy's deployed capability required, will depend on the operational tasking and circumstances at that time.

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