Naval Gunfire Support Training

Defence written question – answered on 23 June 2003.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at what locations naval gunfire support training takes place.

Photo of Mr Ivor Caplin Mr Ivor Caplin Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence

Shore-based, simulated training for the Royal Navy is undertaken at the Maritime Warfare School, based at HMS Collingwood and HMS Dryad, both near Portsmouth. In addition, there are four United Kingdom-based sea ranges as follows:

Cape Wrath (north Scotland)—sea to land range firings;

Dodman Point (off Plymouth)—buoy firing;

Wembury Point (off Plymouth)—buoy firing; and

St. Alban's Head (off Dorset coast)—buoy firing.

There are also a number of Notified Danger Sea Areas around the UK (mostly in the English Channel), within which non-explosive firings take place against a floating target which is recovered on completion.

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