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Navy: Engineers

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 8th December 2017.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many fully trained (a) Marine Engineers and (b) Weapons Engineers served in the Royal Navy in each of the last five years.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The trained regular strength of Royal Navy Weapon Engineers and Marine Engineers, as at 1 April each year from 2012 to 2017 is given below:

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Weapon Engineer

Officer

669

649

613

601

568

562

Rating

2,643

2,430

2,303

2,246

2,979

3,132

Marine Engineer

Officer

557

544

521

507

480

483

Rating

3,979

3,724

3,410

3,219

3,166

3,289

Notes:

  1. Communication and Information Specialists (CIS) were not counted in Engineer branches until August 2015. They are therefore included in the Weapon Engineering figures for April 2016 and April 2017 but not for earlier years.
  2. The Weapon Engineer figures for April 2016 and April 2017 include 1,005 and 1,227 CIS personnel respectively.

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