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Military Exercises

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military exercises were cancelled in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005; how many have been cancelled in 2006; and what the reasons were for cancelling each exercise. (98557)

During financial year 2004-05, a total of 379 training events were scheduled on the Defence Exercise Programme (DXP) of which 79 (20 per cent.) were cancelled. While specific reasons for cancellation are not available in many cases, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost, the Programme was affected by competing operational priorities. Since that time, improved data capture has enabled a more detailed review of the DXP.

During FY 2005-06, a total of 533 training events were scheduled on the DXP of which 58 (10.8 per cent.) were cancelled. In detail, 30 exercises were cancelled due to operational commitments, 13 were removed as savings measures and 10 were cancelled by other nations. The remaining five events were cancelled in response to changing priorities or rescheduling.

During the period 1 April 2006 to 31 October 2006, a total of 438 training events were scheduled on the DXP of which 30 (6.8 per cent.) were cancelled. In detail, 13 exercises were cancelled due to operational commitments, two were removed as savings measures and 11 were cancelled by other nations. The remaining four events were cancelled in response to changing priorities or rescheduling.

Further details of the military exercise cancelled since 1 April 2005 are set out as follows.

Exercise name

Location

Type

Reason for cancellation

Exercises Cancelled in FY 2005-06

Catt 05

Salisbury Plain Trg area, UK

Land

Operational priorities

Bass Rock

Canada

Land

Cancelled by Lead Nation

Pathfinder

Czech Republic

Land

Cancelled by mutual consent: operational commitments

Lone Kestrel 05

Poland

Air

Cancelled by Lead Nation

Gruflex 05

Spain

Air

Cancelled by Lead Nation

Fwit 05

Norway

Air

Cancelled by Lead Nation

Air Warrior 05-10 PX

USA

Air

Cancelled by Lead Nation

Smart Search 05

USA

Air

Cancelled by Lead Nation

Lucky Sentinel 05

Canada

Air

Cancelled by Lead Nation

Lone Osprey 05

Ukraine

Air

Cancelled due insufficient time to resolve Ukrainian requirements.

JTP 05-5

UK General

Air

Operational commitments

Cross Check 05

Canada

Air

Operational commitments

Baltops 05

Baltic

Air

Operational commitments

Trident Door 05

Mediterranean

Air

Operational commitments

Wycombe Warrior 05-07 (Day 1)

High Wycombe, UK

Air

Operational commitments

Wycombe Warrior 05-07 (Day 2)

High Wycombe, UK

Air

Operational commitments

Cygnet Gold

France

Land

Cancelled due to MOU issues

Nomad 05

Waddington, UK

Air

Cancelled due to withdrawal of 3 nations

Snow Leopard 06

Norway

Air

Operational priorities

Air Cadre 06-1

Cyprus

Joint

Revised priorities

Flycatcher 05-2

UK General

Joint

Revised priorities

Red Corvette 06

UK General

Joint

Revised priorities

Fidae 06

Chile

Air

Operational commitments; not cost effective

1 Div CT5 Ex

Poland

Land

Operational commitments

3 Div CT5 Ex

Salisbury Plain Trg Area, UK

Land

Operational commitments

Czech Pineapple

Czech Republic

Land

Operational commitments

Eagles Resolve

Salisbury Plain Trg Area, UK

Operational commitments

Fingals Cave

Canada

Operational commitments

Iron Anvil 05

Canada

Operational commitments

Joint Falcon 06

South Cerney, UK

Air

Operational commitments

Kimmons Post

Cyprus

Land

Operational commitments

Kleiber

France

Land

Operational commitments

Medoc

UK General

Land

Operational commitments

Quicksand 05

Africa

Joint

Operational commitments

Snow Chute 06

Norway

Air

Operational commitments

Swordfish 05

Mediterranean

Air

Operational commitments

Templar Forge 05-1

Cyprus

Air

Operational commitments

Templar Forge 05-2

Cyprus

Air

Operational commitments

Templar Forge 05-3

Cyprus

Air

Operational commitments

Aswex 05

Kinloss, UK

Air

Operational commitments

Eagles Resolve-Air

UK General

Air

Operational commitments

Lemon Peel 05-2

UK General

Joint

Operational commitments

Target Flame 05-3

Cyprus

Air

Operational priorities (Opeval)

Initial Link 05

Bahrain

Air

Re-scheduled

Eagles Flight 06

UK General

Air

Rescheduled as Eagles Eye 06

Danex

Denmark/North Sea

Maritime

Savings measure

Druids Dance

Salisbury Plain Trg Area, UK

Land

Savings measure

Flotex Silver

Norway Maritim

Maritime

Savings measure

Lone Cheetah 05

France

Air

Savings measure

Lone Civet 05

Europe General

Air

Savings measure

Lone Eagle 05

Spain

Air

Savings measure

Lone Egret 05

Slovakia

Air

Savings measure

Lone Feat 05

Europe General

Air

Savings measure

Lone Flap 05

Norway

Air

Savings measure

Lone Kite 05

Europe General

Air

Savings measure

Lone Knot 05

Europe General

Air

Savings measure

Medicine Man

Batus Canada

Land

Savings measure

Snow Goose 05-2

Norway

Air

Savings measure

Exercises cancelled during period 1 April-31 October2006

Czech Pineapple 06

Czech Rep

Land

Operational Commitments

Gaulish 2/06

Not Specified

Land

Operational Commitments

Paper Chase 06/07

Germany

Land

Operational Commitments

Path Finder 06/07

Czech Rep

Land

Operational Commitments

Alberts Rapport 06-1

North America

Air

Operational Commitments

Gaulish 1—06/07

France/UK

Land

Operational Commitments

JTP 2—06/07

UK

Land

Operational Commitments

Dragons Nest 06

Europe

Air

Cancelled by Lead Nation

Javelin 06/07

Nepal

Land

Revised Priorities

Airlift Rodeo 06

North America

Air

Cancelled by Lead Nation

Heavy Ferry 06/07

Germany

Land

Revised Priorities

Fingals Cave 06/07

Canada

Land

Cancelled by Host Nation

Express Three 06/07 (Russian Express 06)

Russia

Land

Cancelled due to coord issues with Host Nation

Gaulish 5—06/07

France/UK

Land

Operational Commitments

Lone Knot 06

Europe

Air

Postponed by Lead Nation

Tunuk Warrior 06/07

Turkey

Land

Cancelled by Lead Nation

Wet Gap 06/07

Germany

Land

Revised Priorities

Grand Prix 1—06/07

Kenya

Land

Savings measure

Cossack Steppe 06/07

Ukraine

Land

Cancelled due insufficient time to resolve Ukrainian requirements

Night Hawk 2/06

Denmark

Joint

Operational commitments

Wycombe Warrior 09-06 (Day 1 and 2)

United Kingdom

Air

Cancelled by NATO

Blue Cypriot

Cyprus

Land

Operational Commitments

Aphrodite 06/07

Cyprus

Land

Revised Priorities

Assegai Eyes 06

United Kingdom

Joint

Operational Commitments

Rainbow Serpent 06/07

Australia

Land

Ex reduced in scope due to Australian operational commitments

Eagles Eye 06/07

UK

Land

Operational commitments

Cockfight 2/06

UK

Joint

Operational commitments

Rock Challenge

USA

Joint

Savings measure

Triplex Flame 06.1

Europe

Air

Cancelled by Lead Nation

Lone Flap 06

Europe

Air

Cancelled by Lead Nation