Armed Forces: Training

Defence written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Robert Wareing Robert Wareing Independent, Liverpool, West Derby

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which countries the armed forces undertake training.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

holding answer 29 March 2010

Overseas training is undertaken in a number of countries in order to better prepare our armed forces for the tasks they may face, not only in Afghanistan but in other operations where there may be a need in the future, for example humanitarian relief operations. To do so, there is a need to experience different weather conditions and terrain beyond that offered in the United Kingdom. Furthermore, our armed forces benefit from training with foreign forces and coalition partners in order to ensure that we can effectively operate together.

The Royal Navy have trained in the following countries during the financial year 2009-10:

Brunei

Cyprus

Denmark

Egypt

France

Indonesia

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Malaysia

Norway

Pakistan

Singapore

Sweden

Turkey

United Arab Emirates

USA

Yemen.

The Royal Marines have trained in the following countries during the financial year 2009-10:

Bangladesh

Brunei

France

Indonesia

Italy

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Nigeria

Norway

Singapore

United Arab Emirates

USA.

The Army have trained in the following countries during the financial year 2009-10:

Australia

Belize

Brunei

Canada

Cyprus

Falkland Islands

France

Georgia

Germany

Gibraltar

India

Jamaica

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Malaysia

Morocco

Nepal

New Zealand

Norway

Oman

Poland

Romania

Singapore

South Africa

Spain

Uganda

USA.

Finally, The Royal Air Force has undertaken training in the following countries during the financial year 2009-10:

Belgium

Belize

Canada

Chile

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Egypt

Falkland Islands

France

Germany

Gibraltar

Italy

Jordan

Kenya

Malaysia

Morocco

Norway

Oman

Portugal

Singapore

Spain

Sweden

Turkey

United Arab Emirates

USA.

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