HC Deb 22 June 1972 vol 839 c143W
7. Mr. Mather

asked the Minister of Defence what training facilities are now available for Her Majesty's forces in the Persian Gulf; and what training has been carried out.

38. Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the Minister of State for Defence whether he will make a statement about Her Majesty's forces stationed, and training, in the Gulf.

Lord Balniel

Since the formation of the United Arab Emirates, we have carried out one infantry and one Royal Engineer exercise; two naval visits have taken place and two survey vessels have been working in the Gulf. In addition, Royal Air Force aircraft have made regular use of Gulf airfields. A full programme of similar activities is planned for the rest of the year. Apart from a field firing range, made available by the Union Defence Force, no special training facilities are required. Stationed in the Gulf we have a Military Advisory Team which, together with personnel on loan to the local Rulers, provide valuable assistance to the forces of the UAE.

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