Sea King Helicopters

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 6th November 2018.

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Photo of Martin Docherty Martin Docherty Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Industries of the Future and Blockchain Technologies)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) Sea King helicopters purchased by his Department, (b) RAF personal that crewed the Sea King helicopter fleet and (c) RAF service personal, excluding crew members, that were involved in the daily maintenance of the Sea King helicopter fleet between 1969 and 2016.

Photo of Stuart Andrew Stuart Andrew Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence operated a total of 183 Sea King helicopters between 1969 and their out of service date in September this year.

It is not possible to estimate the number of RAF personnel that either crewed or maintained the Sea King helicopter fleet during that period as this information is not held centrally and personnel records do not provide the granularity of detail required.

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