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Aircraft Carriers

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 68694, tabled on 21 March 2017

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.

Answered on

28 March 2017

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.