Nuclear Weapons: Safety

Defence written question – answered on 22nd January 2014.

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Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Liberal Democrat, North Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the name, date and location is of each nuclear weapons accident response exercise which (a) took place in 2013 and (b) is scheduled for 2014.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Information on the names, dates and locations of nuclear weapons accident response exercises which took place in 2013 and provisional dates for exercises scheduled for 2014 is provided in the following tables:

Exercises conducted in 2013
  Date Location
Orange Eagle 15 to 19 April 2013 Bramley Military Training Area
Sitex (A) 8 June 2013 AWE Aldermaston
Orange Eagle 5 to 9 August 2013 AWE Aldermaston
Osmosis 13 23 to 26 September 2013 RAF Honington
Open Isotope 27 to 29 September 2013 RAF Honington
Astral Climb 13 24 October 2013 RAF Dishforth
Astral Bend 13 5 to 6 November 2013 RNAS Merryfield
Aldex 7 November 2013 AWE Aldermaston
Exercises scheduled for 2014
  Date Location
Orange Eagle March 2014 Berkshire
Bowline 14 May 2014 Scotland
Astral Bend 14 June 2014 Pembrokeshire
Astral Climb 14 September 2014 Gloucester
Osmosis 14 September 2014 Gloucester
Open Isotope September 2014 Gloucester
Orange Eagle November 2014 Hampshire

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