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Defence written question – answered on 11th September 2012.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) what assets have been assigned to (a) Standing NATO Maritime Group 1, (b) Standing NATO Maritime Group 2, (c) Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 and (d) Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 in the last seven years; and for how long they were assigned to each such group;

(2) what assets have been requested by (a) Standing NATO Maritime Group 1, (b) Standing NATO Maritime Group 2, (c) Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 and (d) Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 for future deployment.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The following table shows the frigates or destroyers assigned to the Standing NATO Maritime Groups in the last seven years. Where there are two ships assigned in one year the periods of support is six months per ship.

  Standing NATO Mine Group 1 Standing NATO Mine Group 2
2006 Nil HMS Nottingham HMS York
2007 HMS Montrose HMS Northumberland
2008 HMS Somerset HMS Cumberland
2009 HMS St Albans HMS Cornwall
2010 Nil HMS Chatham HMS Montrose
2011 Nil Nil
2012 Nil Nil

In 2011, the ship assigned was re-tasked to the NATO Operation Unified Protector. Since that time no dedicated ship has been assigned to Standing NATO Mine Group 1 or 2. The Royal Navy continues to offer a frigate or destroyer to NATO Immediate Reaction Force activation as required.

The following table shows the mine counter measures (MCM) vessels and coastal survey vessel assigned to the Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Groups (SNMCMG) in the last seven years. The MCMs have undertaken varying periods of support from four to 12 month deployments.

  SNMCMG 1 SNMCMG 2
2006 HMS Hurworth
2007 HMS Brocklesby
  HMS Middleton
2008 HMS Roebuck
  HMS Hurworth
  HMS Ledbury
2009 HMS Brocklesby
  HMS Quorn
2010 HMS Blyth
  HMS Penzance
2011 HMS Brocklesby HMS Brocklesby
  HMS Bangor
2012 HMS Ledbury
  HMS Blyth

SNMG MCM Group deployments for the future have been planned with three units of four month deployments allocated per year from 2013 to 2018.

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