§ 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:550W
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.