Army: Germany

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Chair, Defence Sub-Committee, Chair, Defence Sub-Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the squadron deployed to Minden will be activated; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Chair, Defence Sub-Committee, Chair, Defence Sub-Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many M3 Amphibious Rigs are available at Ayrshire Barracks in Monchengladbach; when those M3 Amphibious Rigs will be transferred to the German Army barracks at Minden; and if he will make a statement.

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

In October 2018, a Joint Vision Statement was signed, reaffirming the continuing importance of close defence co-operation with Germany. This committed the UK to a combined river crossing capability with shared facilities in Minden. Elements of 23 Amphibious Engineer squadron, including some M3 rigs, are already located at Minden and will continue to grow until it is fully established in 2020.

We do not routinely comment on specific locations for individual capabilities as to do so would compromise operational security, or would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

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