To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, (a) when and (b) for what reasons, the decision was taken to reduce the number of joint warrior exercises from two to one in 2018.
When determining the Royal Navy's exercise programme it was identified that there were several training opportunities that coincided with the Joint Warrior exercise programmed for the autumn of 2018. In addition to the multinational Joint Expeditionary Force exercise designed to enhance the UK's ability to respond rapidly anywhere in the world, the Royal Navy has now committed to two major international military exercises with significant UK involvement. These exercises will combine all the training requirement that a second Joint Warrior would have delivered. The exercises are SAIF SAREEA 3 - the biggest UK-Omani exercise to be held in the last 15 years - and TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018 - a NATO exercise held every three years and hosted in Norway in 2018.
There is therefore no requirement for the second Joint Warrior Exercise in 2018.