Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 21st October 2015.

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Photo of Brendan O'Hara Brendan O'Hara Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Fishing Vessel Avoidance UK Code of Practice extracted from SMP 95 dated 5 June 2002 applies to Vanguard and Astute class submarines on operational patrols.

Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)

The procedures and arrangements in the Code of Practice apply to all Royal Navy submarines irrespective to the tasking of the submarine (ie whether transits, exercises or other dived activity), and to Allied submarines operating in UK territorial and internal waters.

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