HC Deb 13 February 1986 vol 91 cc549-50W
Mr. D. E. Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many special defence exercises took place in 1985 involving low-flying training; and if he will publish in the Official Report the names of the exercises, their duration, and the extent of additional low flying undertaken.

Mr. Lee

In 1985 the defence exercises which involved unusual or an additional amount of low flying were:

Exercise Duration
Purple Victory 20 days
Minibus 15 days
Mallet Blow (series of three exercises) 14 days total
Gryphon's Gold 10 days
Brave Defender 8 days
Priory (series of two exercises) 7 days total
Fast Buzzard 7 days
Hardy Crab 7 days
Rampant Horde 7 days
Wild Bellerophon 6 days
Black Boy 5 days
Central Enterprise 5 days
Chequered Flag 5 days
OSEX 11 5 days
Bronco 2 days
Feldom Moor/Northern Warrior 2 days
Green King 2 days
Long Hop 2 days
Polar Dawn 2 days
Swift Drop 2 days

The extent of any additional low flying undertaken during these exercises is not readily available, and could not be obtained without disproportionate effort.

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