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Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers: Swindon

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 4th November 2019.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Corps have moved to the former Clares factory in Swindon.

Photo of Anne-Marie Trevelyan Anne-Marie Trevelyan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The property in question was temporarily used by troops from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers as part of Exercise Iron Viper 2019 which ran from 23 September to 3 October. The exercise was a routine test of the Army's logistical and technical support capabilities which also involved units from the Royal Engineers, Royal Corps of Signals, Royal Logistic Corps and Royal Army Medical Corps. To achieve realism, the exercise utilised both the Defence estate and private land, including a number of sites in urban areas.

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