Military Exercises

Defence written question – answered on 23rd October 2013.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) which large-scale training exercises have been undertaken by the Royal Marines since 2000; what the total cost was of each such exercise; how many Royal Marines personnel were involved in each such exercise; and which of the UK's international partners took part in each such exercise;

(2) which future large-scale training exercises are scheduled for the Royal Marines; and which such exercises will be conducted alongside French forces.

Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Royal Marines (RM) large-scale (above Company level) training exercises since 2000 are shown in the following table. The scope of these exercises varies with length, location, objective and numbers of personnel participating.

  Exercise Name International Partners RM Personnel Cost (£ million)
2001 Cold Response Netherlands; Norway 1,000 n/a
2001 Black Horse USA 800 n/a
2002 Black Horse USA 750 n/a
2004 Cold Response Netherlands; Norway 1,800 n/a
2004 Black Horse USA 800 n/a
2005 Cold Response Norway 1,100 n/a
2006 Cold Response Netherlands; Norway 1,700 n/a
2008 Cold Response Norway 1,400 n/a
2010 Cold Response Netherlands; Norway 700 3.80
2011 Black Alligator USA 800 0.55
2012 Cold Response Netherlands; Norway 450 0.25
2012 Black Alligator USA 700 1.32
2012 Joint Warrior France; Denmark; Norway; Canada; Germany 700 0.45
2013 Cold Response Netherlands; Norway 500 0.86
2013 Black Alligator USA 800 (1)
2013 Joint Warrior Germany; Denmark; Brazil; France; Canada; USA; New Zealand; Italy 800 (1)
2013 EU Battle Group Latvia; Lithuania; Holland; Sweden 800 (1)
(1) Not yet completed.

Financial information prior to financial year 2010-11 is not available in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Since 2000 there has been an annual naval deployment (now Cougar) that includes a number of smaller-scale RM exercises with partner nations. These have not been included in the table.

Future scheduled RM large-scale training exercises are shown in the following table.

  Exercise Name International Partners RM Personnel
2014 Cold Response Netherlands; Norway 550
2014 Black Alligator USA; Netherlands 800
2015 Cold Response Netherlands; Norway 600

None of these involve French forces but two smaller-scale RM exercises involving French forces are scheduled for late 2013 and 2014 with live firing tactical training and environmental jungle training.

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