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Navy: Bermuda

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy craft of what classes have been deployed in Bermuda's territorial waters to promote law enforcement and national security in the last two years; what the estimated number is of Royal Navy personnel deployed; and if he will make a statement. (155825)

In the past two years four naval units have visited Bermuda: two ships were on Atlantic Patrol Task (North) and two were on routine transit visits. Although none of the ships went there with the specific purpose of promoting law enforcement, they bolstered national security by virtue of their presence.

The Royal Navy does not track vessels in and out of territorial waters. Details of actual port visits to Bermuda are as follows:

Ship

Company

Visited

HMS Cumberland

250

29 November to 2 December 2005

HMS Torbay

130

25 March to 30 March 2006

HMS Iron Duke

181

29 June to 3 July 2006

HMS Scott

62

21 May to 26 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what financial contribution has been made by the Government of Bermuda towards the cost of the Royal Navy’s deployment in Bermuda’s territorial waters on the task of promoting law enforcement and national security in the last two years; and if he will make a statement. (156335)

None. The Government of Bermuda does not pay for Royal Navy deployments in Bermuda’s territorial waters. The security of UK Overseas Territories is the responsibility of the UK Government.