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East Of Suez

Volume 974: debated on Tuesday 27 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for establishment of a permanent naval force east of Suez.

I have no plans to establish a permanent naval force east of Suez. Groups of Royal Navy ships do, however, deploy to the area at regular intervals. At present a task force of a destroyer, five frigates and four support vessels is passing through the Indian Ocean en route for the United Kingdom following a deployment which has taken it to Australia and South-East Asia.