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Armed Forces: Training

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many training exercises originally planned for 2010 have been cancelled; and what the reasons are for each cancellation. (312661)

Success in Afghanistan is our main effort, and will remain our principal commitment for as long as it takes. Our approach at this time must be—and is—Afghanistan first. All exercises that better prepare our forces for operations in Afghanistan will continue but those exercises that are considered not to directly support our effort have been examined critically and, where appropriate, cancelled.

The following table advises those exercises that have been cancelled.

Exercise

Jordan Express

Malaysian Express

Steppe Eagle

Cossack Steppe

French Connection

Tricolour

Asterix

Winged Star

Glow Worm/Rattlesnake

Gobi Dust

African Thorn

Oman Express

Bald Eagle

Chartered Flight

Citadel

Crown Eagle

Destier/Aurige

Devils Hat

Devils Horizon

First Eagle

First Rock

Guibert

Horizon

Kleiber

Gaulish

Longboat Warrior

Larksong Foxtrot

Marble Tor

Medoc

Modulex

Pathfinder

Pony Express

Ponte Vecchio/Tower Bridge

Readiness Challenge

Silver Eagle

Steam Drive

Top Kitten

Tunuk Warrior

Wet Gap

Work Sheet

Roman Eagle

Turtle Truss

Lion Sun 1

Lion Sun 2

Lion Star 1

Lion Star 2

Iron Ram/Ferro Ariete

Bass Rock

Anatolian Eagle 10

Green flag West 10-9

Torpedo Focus 10-3

Pitch Black

Bold Avenger 10

Exercise Blue Flag was cancelled by the host nation.

Exercise Rimpac 10 was cancelled due to the unavailability of an airframe which has been diverted to support operations.