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Navy: Deployment

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what naval resources he (a) has deployed and (b) plans to deploy to (i) the Indian Ocean off the coast of Somalia and (ii) the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Gaza. (254685)

The Royal Navy is providing the following assets in the Indian ocean off the coast of Somalia.

An enduring commitment of a frigate to the Combined Maritime Forces: currently HMS Portland operating in the Gulf of Aden;

An enduring commitment of an Arabian Gulf Ready Tanker, supporting coalition operations in the Middle East region, including the Indian ocean: currently RFA Wave Knight;

HMS Northumberland for the first period of the EU counter-piracy mission, Operation Atalanta.

In the Mediterranean sea, we have an enduring commitment of a frigate to Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2): currently HMS St. Albans.

We are also considering the provision of naval resources to counter the smuggling of weapons into Gaza in co-operation with international efforts.