Aircraft Carriers

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 1st December 2020.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many days each aircraft carrier was at sea in each of the years since each such carrier was launched.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The normal operating cycle of every ship involves them entering different readiness levels depending on their programmes and Departmental planning requirements. Newly commissioned ships also conduct periods of trials alongside in preparation for trials at sea.

The Royal Navy are currently modernising and digitising the system that holds this information, therefore I will write to the hon. Member with the number of days each aircraft carrier was at sea since being launched in the coming days. The new system will be in place in January.

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