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Military Exercises

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 17 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military exercises were cancelled in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006; and what the reasons were for cancelling each exercise. (158362)

During financial year 2004-05, a total of 379 training events were scheduled in 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 financial year 2005-06, a total of 533 training events were scheduled in the DXP of which 58 (10.8 per cent.) were cancelled. 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.

In financial year 2006-07, a total of 699 training events were scheduled in the DXP of which 69 (9.8 per cent.) were cancelled. 35 exercises were cancelled due to operational commitments, five were removed as savings measures and 14 were cancelled by other nations. The remaining 15 events were cancelled in response to changing priorities or rescheduling.

Details of the military exercises cancelled between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2007 are set out in the following table.

Exercise name

Location

Type

Reason for cancellation

Exercises cancelled in financial year 2005-06

1 Div CT5 Ex

Poland

Land

Operational commitments

3 Div CT5 Ex

UK

Land

Operational commitments

AIR CADRE 06-1

Cyprus

Joint

Revised priorities

AIR WARRIOR 05-10 PX

USA

Air

Cancelled by lead nation

ASWEX 05

UK

Air

Operational commitments

BALTOPS 05

Baltic

Air

Operational commitments

BASS ROCK

Canada

Land

Cancelled by lead nation

CATT 05

UK

Land

Operational priorities

CROSS CHECK 05

Canada

Air

Operational commitments

CYGNET GOLD

France

Land

Cancelled due to MOU issues

CZECH PINEAPPLE

Czech Republic

Land

Operational commitments

DANEX

Denmark/North Sea

Maritime

Savings measure

DRUIDS DANCE

UK

Land

Savings measure

EAGLES FLIGHT 06

UK

Air

Rescheduled as EAGLES EYE 06

EAGLES RESOLVE

UK

Land

Operational commitments

EAGLES RESOLVE-Air

UK

Air

Operational commitments

FIDAE 06

Chile

Air

Operational commitments;

FINGALS CAVE

Canada

Land

Operational commitments

FLOTEX SILVER

Norway

Maritime

Savings measure

FLYCATCHER 05-2

UK

Joint

Revised priorities.

FWIT05

Norway

Air

Cancelled by lead nation

GRUFLEX 05

Spain

Air

Cancelled by lead nation

INITIAL LINK 05

Bahrain

Air

Rescheduled

IRON ANVIL 05

Canada

Air

Operational commitments

JOINT FALCON 06

UK

Air

Operational commitments

JTP 05-5

UK

Air

Operational commitments

KIMMONS POST

Cyprus

Land

Operational commitments

KLEIBER

France

Land

Operational commitments

LEMON PEEL 05-2

UK

Joint

Operational commitments

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 KESTREL 05

Poland

Air

Cancelled by lead nation

LONE KITE 05

Europe General

Air

Savings measure

LONE KNOT 05

Europe General

Air

Savings measure

LONE OSPREY 05

Ukraine

Air

Cancelled due insufficient time to resolve Ukrainian requirements

LUCKY SENTINEL 05

Canada

Air

Cancelled by lead nation

MEDICINE MAN

BATUS Canada

Land

Savings measure

MEDOC

UK

Land

Operational commitments

NOMAD 05

UK

Air

Cancelled due to withdrawal of 3 nations

PATHFINDER

Czech Republic

Land

Cancelled by mutual consent: operational commitments

QUICKSAND 05

Africa

Joint

Operational commitments

RED CORVETTE 06

UK

Joint

Revised priorities.

SMART SEARCH 05

USA

Air

Cancelled by lead nation

SNOW CHUTE 06

Norway

Air

Operational commitments

SNOW GOOSE 05-2

Norway

Air

Savings measure

SNOW LEOPARD 06

Norway

Air

Operational priorities

SWORDFISH 05

Mediterranean

Air

Operational commitments

TARGET FLAME 05-3

Cyprus

Air

Operational priorities (OPEVAL)

TEMPLAR FORGE 05-1

Cyprus

Air

Operational commitments

TEMPLAR FORGE 05-2

Cyprus

Air

Operational commitments

TEMPLAR FORGE 05-3

Cyprus

Air

Operational commitments

TRIDENT DOOR 05

Mediterranean

Air

Operational commitments

WYCOMBE WARRIOR 05-07 day 1

UK

Air

Operational commitments

WYCOMBE WARRIOR 05-07 day 2

UK

Air

Operational commitments

Exercises cancelled in financial year 2006-07

1 ACC WTI 06

North America

Air

Operational commitments

AATTC06-1

North America

Air

Operational commitments

AIRLIFT RODEO 06

North America

Air

Cancelled by lead nation

ALBERT'S RAPPORT 06-1

North America

Air

Operational commitments

ALBERT'S RAPPORT 06-2

North America

Air

Operational commitments

ALGONQUIN ROCK 06-1

North America

Air

Operational commitments

ANATOLIAN EAGLE 06

Europe

Air

Cancelled by host nation

APHRODITE 06/07

Cyprus

Land

Revised priorities

AQUATIC ADVENTURE

UK

Joint

Revised priorities

ASSEGAI EYES 06

United Kingdom

Joint

Operational commitments

ASTERIX 2-06/07

FR/UK

Land

Operational commitments

ASTERIX 3-06/07

FR/UK

Land

Operational commitments

BALD EAGLE 06/07

USA

Land

Revised priorities

BARBARY AIR 06-2

Europe

Air

Operational commitments

BLUE CYPRIOT

Cyprus

Land

Operational commitments

COCKFIGHT 2/06

UK

Joint

Operational commitments

COMBINED STRENGTH 06-1

Europe

Air

Operational commitments

COSSACK STEPPE 06/07

Ukraine

Land

Cancelled due to insufficient time to resolve Ukrainian requirements

CYPRUS FORUM 06

Cyprus

Joint

Revised priorities

CZECH PINEAPPLE 06

Czech Rep

Land

Operational commitments

DAPEX 06

Europe

Air

Cancelled by host nation

DRAGONS NEST 06

Europe

Air

Cancelled by lead nation

EAGLES EYE 06/07

UK

Land

Operational commitments

ETAM 06

Europe

Air

Operational commitments

EXPRESS THREE 06/07 (RUSSIAN EXPRESS 06)

Russia

Land

Cancelled due to coordination issues with host nation

FINGALS CAVE 06/07

Canada

Land

Cancelled by host nation

FLYING RAPPORT 06

North America

Air

Operational commitments

FROZEN STAR 07

Norway

Air

Revised priorities

FWIT06

Europe

Air

Operational commitments

GAULISH 1-06/07

France/UK

Land

Operational commitments

GAULISH 2/06

Not Specified

Land

Operational commitments

GAULISH 4-06/07

France/UK

Land

Operational commitments

GAULISH 5-06/07

France/UK

Land

Operational commitments

GLOBAL GOLD 07/08

Kenya

Land

Operational commitments

GRAND PRIX 1-06/07

Kenya

Land

Savings measure

GRAND PRIX 3-06/07

Kenya

Land

Savings measure

HEAVY FERRY 06/07

Germany

Land

Revised priorities

JAGGED FLAME 06-1

Europe

Air

Savings measure

JAVELIN 06/07

Nepal

Land

Revised priorities

JRTC06-1

North America

Air

Operational commitments

JTP 2-06/07

UK

Land

Operational commitments

KELP FIRE 05/06

Falklands

Joint

Operational priorities

LION STAR 1-07/08

Cyprus

Land

Savings measure

LOG PROVIDER 06

United kingdom

Joint

Revised priorities

LONE FIN 07

Europe

Air

Revised priorities

LONE FLAP 06

Europe

Air

Cancelled by lead nation

LONE FOIL

Europe

Air

Operational commitments

LONE FRAME 06-1

Rest of World

Air

Rescheduled

LONE KNOT 06

Europe

Air

Postponed by lead nation

LRIF06-1

North America

Air

Operational commitments

MAPLE FLAG 39-1

North America

Air

Operational commitments

MAPLE FLAG 39-3

North America

Air

Operational commitments

NIGHT HAWK 2/06

Denmark

Joint

Operational commitments

NOBLE AVENGER 06

Europe

Air

Cancelled by host nation

PAPER CHASE 06/07

Germany

Land

Operational commitments

PATH FINDER 06/07

Czech Rep

Land

Operational commitments

PRAIRIE BRAVE 06/07

Canada

Land

Operational commitments

RAINBOW SERPENT 06/07

Australia

Land

Ex reduced in scope due to Australian operational commitments

READINESS CHALLENGE 06/07

USA

Land

Cancelled by lead nation

ROCK CHALLENGE

USA

Joint

Savings measure

SNOW FALCON 07-1

Europe

Air

Revised priorities

SOLENZARA AIR EX 06

Europe

Air

Operational commitments

SPONTEX06-1

Europe

Air

Revised priorities

TARGET FLAME 06-3

Europe

Air

Revised priorities

TRIPLEX FLAME 06.1

Europe

Air

Cancelled by lead nation

TUNUK WARRIOR 06/07

Turkey

Land

Cancelled by lead nation

TWENTY SEVENTH SHOT 05/06

Gibraltar

Land

Operational commitments

WET GAP 06/07

Germany

Land

Revised priorities

WYCOMBE WARRIOR 09-06 Days 1 and 2

United Kingdom

Air

Cancelled by NATO