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.
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|
|2004||Cold Response||Netherlands; Norway||1,800||n/a|
|2006||Cold Response||Netherlands; Norway||1,700||n/a|
|2010||Cold Response||Netherlands; Norway||700||3.80|
|2012||Cold Response||Netherlands; Norway||450||0.25|
|2012||Joint Warrior||France; Denmark; Norway; Canada; Germany||700||0.45|
|2013||Cold Response||Netherlands; Norway||500||0.86|
|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.