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Navy: Training

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL2199, tabled on 5 September 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Royal Navy pilots are currently in advanced flying training to fly F35Bs.

Answered on

21 September 2022

The Royal Navy currently has less than five pilots on the advanced flying course at Royal Air Force Valley. This course is the prerequisite to progressing to the F-35 Operational Conversion Unit.

The Lightning Force qualified F-35 pilot strength is sufficient for its Very High Readiness status and all current operational requirements.