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Angus Robertson (SNP Westminster Leader, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs); Moray, Scottish National Party)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) what assets and how many service personnel were involved in NATO exercise (a) Cold Response, (b) Atlantis, (c) Joint Warrior, (d) NATO Tiger Meet and (e) Oceanis in each of the last 5 years;

(2) what assets and how many service personnel will participate in NATO exercise (a) Cold Response, (b) Atlantis, (c) Joint Warrior, (d) NATO Tiger Meet and (e) Oceanis in 2012.

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Nick Harvey (The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence; North Devon, Liberal Democrat)

Details of the known assets and numbers of personnel involved in NATO exercises detailed for 2012 and the previous five years are as follows:

2012
Exercise Assets Total number of personnel
Cold Response Navy 1 x Landing Platform Dock ship, 1 x Landing Platform Helicopter ship, Royal Marine Commando Amphibious Forces Joint Helicopter Command—a tailored Air Group—not yet confirmed c.1,000
Atlantis No involvement  
Joint Warrior 12-2 Not yet available  
Joint Warrior 12-1 Not yet confirmed  
Tiger Meet Not yet available  
Oceanis No involvement  
2011
Exercise Assets Total number of personnel
Cold Response No participation  
Atlantis No involvement  
Joint Warrior 11-2 Navy 1 x Landing Platform Helicopter Ship, 1 x Landing Platform Dock Ship, 2 x Type 23 Frigate, 2 x Mine Counter Measures Vessel (Sandown Class), 3 x Mine Counter Measures Vessel (Hunt Class), 1 x Ship Submersible Nuclear (Submarine), 4 x Merlin helicopter, 1 x Lynx helicopter (1)c.7,200
  Army 16 Air Assault Brigade, 3 Battalion the Parachute Regiment Battle Gp, 12 Regiment Royal Artillery, 7 Para Royal Horse Artillery, 2 Medical Brigade, Joint Air Picture Provision to the Land Environment, 1 Division/3 Division Forward Air Controller, Joint Ground Based Air Defence, Joint Helicopter Command—4 x Lynx helicopter, 2 x Sea King helicopter, 3 x Attack Helicopter (1)
  RAF 4 x Tornado strike aircraft, 4 x Typhoon fast jet aircraft, 2 x Hawk trainer aircraft, 1 x E-3D Surveillance/airborne command and aircraft, 1 x Sentinel Reconnaissance aircraft, 1 x VC10 transport/air-fuelling aircraft, 1 x TriStar long range transport aircraft, RAF Regiment (1)
Joint Warrior 11-1 Navy 1 x Type 45 Destroyer, 2 x Type 42 Destroyer, 4 x Type 23 Frigate, 3 x Mine Counter Measures vessel (S), 2 x Mine Counter Measures vessel (H), 1 x Landing Ship Dock, 1 x Auxiliary Fleet Supply Ship (Helicopter), 1 x Ship Submersible Nuclear (Submarine), 3 x Sea King Airborne Surveillance and Control helicopter , 4 x Merlin helicopter, 6 x Lynx helicopter, Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines (1)c.6,200
  Army 15 Psychological Operations Group, 3 (UK) Division, Joint Air Picture Provision to the Land Environment, 16 Regiment Royal Artillery, UK Air Support Operations Centre, B Squadron Household Cavalry Regiment (1)
  RAF 8 x Tornado strike aircraft, 4 x Typhoon fast jet, 4x Hawk trainer aircraft, 1 x E-3D surveillance and airborne command and control aircraft, 1 x Sentinel reconnaissance aircraft (1)
Tiger Meet 1 x Merlin helicopter c.15
Oceanis No involvement  
(1) Indicates brace
2010
Exercise Assets Total number of personnel
Cold Response Navy 1 x Landing Platform Helicopter ship, 1 x Landing Platform Dock ship, Royal Marines Commando Amphibious Forces, Royal Marines Commando Sub Unit Joint Helicopter Command—2 x Chinook helicopter, 3 x Sea King helicopter, 3 x Lynx Helicopter c.2,000
Atlantis No involvement  
Joint Warrior 10-2 Navy 1 x Carrier Vertical Strike Ship, 1 x Type 42 Destroyer, 2 x Type 23 Frigate, 3 x Mine Counter Measures Vessel (S), 3 x Mine Counter Measures Vessel (H), 1 x Auxiliary Oil Replenishment (Helicopter) ship, 1 x Primary Casualty Reception Ship, 1 x Landing Ship Dock, 1 x Survey Ship, 1 x Patrol Boat, 2 x Ship Submersible Nuclear submarine, 1 x Merlin helicopter, 10 x Lynx helicopter, 1 x Sea King helicopter, 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery , Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines, 6 Assault Squadron Royal Marines (1)c.6,200
  Army 15 Psychological Operations Group, 17 Port and Maritime Regiment, 23 Pioneer Regt, 29 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, 32 Battery Royal Artillery, 16 Regiment Royal Artillery, Joint Air Picture Provision to the Land Environment, UK Air Support Operations Centre, Spearhead Lead Element Company Joint Helicopter Command—2 x Puma helicopter, 2 x Merlin helicopter, 2 x Sea King helicopter (1)
  RAF 9 x Tornado strike aircraft, 4 x Hawk trainer aircraft, 1 x E-3D surveillance and airborne command and control aircraft, 1 x Sentinel reconnaissance aircraft, 2 x Puma helicopter, 2 (Motor Transport) Squadron, 85 Expeditionary Logistics Wing RAF (1)
Joint Warrior 10-1 Navy 1 x Carrier Vertical Strike 2 x Type 42 Destroyer, 4 x Type 23 Frigate, 1 x Mine Counter Measures Vessel (S), 2 x Mine Counter Measures Vessel (H), 1 x Auxiliary Oil Replenishment Ship (Helicopter), 1 x Primary Casualty Reception Ship, 1 x Ship Submersible Nuclear submarine, 8 x Harrier jet, 5 x Merlin helicopter, 3 x Lynx helicopter, 2 x Sea King Airborne Surveillance and Control helicopter, 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery (1)c.6,180
  Army 2 Motor Transport Squadron, 148 Battery Royal Artillery, 16 Air Assault Brigade (1)
  RAF 8 x Tornado strike aircraft, 4 x Typhoon fast jet, 4 x Hawk trainer aircraft, 1 x E-3D surveillance and airborne command and control aircraft, 1 x Sentinel reconnaissance aircraft (1)
Tiger Meet No participation  
Oceanis No involvement  
(1) Indicates brace
2009
Exercise Assets Total number of personnel
Cold Response No participation  
Atlantis No involvement  
Joint Warrior 09-2 Navy 1 x Carrier Vertical Strike, 2 x Type 23 Frigate 3 x Mine Counter Measures vessels (S), 2 x Ship Submersible Nuclear submarine, 3 x Merlin helicopter, 1 x Lynx helicopter, 2 x Sea King Airborne Surveillance and Control helicopter, 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery (1)c.6,300
  Army 1 Regiment Army Air Corps, Joint Air Picture Provision to the Land Environment, 16 Air Assault Brigade, 16 Regiment Royal Artillery, 148 Battery Royal Artillery (1)
  RAF 2 x Nimrod Intelligence Surveillance Targeting Acquisition Reconnaissance aircraft, 12 x Tornado strike aircraft, 4 x Typhoon fast jet, 8 x Harrier Jet aircraft, 2 x Hawk trainer aircraft, 1 x E-3D surveillance and airborne command and control aircraft, 1 x Sentinel reconnaissance aircraft (1)
Joint Warrior 09-1 No records held c.6,400
Tiger Meet 1 x Merlin helicopter c.15
Oceanis No involvement  
(1) Indicates brace
2008
Exercise Assets Total number of personnel
Cold Response Navy 1 x Landing Platform Dock ship, 1 x Landing Platform ship Helicopter, 1 x Landing Ship Dock, 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines Joint Helicopter Command—info not held c.2,000
Atlantis No involvement  
Joint Warrior 08-2 No records held c.5,800
Joint Warrior 08-1 No records held c.5,400
Tiger Meet Navy 1 x Merlin helicopter (1)c.15
  RAF 230 Squadron no records held (1)
Oceanis No involvement  
(1) Indicates brace
2007
Exercise Assets Total number of personnel
Cold Response Navy No records held  
  RAF No records held  
Atlantis No involvement  
Joint Warrior 07-2 No records held c.5,800
Joint Warrior 07-1 No records held c.6,000
Tiger Meet 1 x Merlin helicopter c.15
Oceanis No involvement  

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