HC Deb 13 June 1988 vol 135 c68W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the purpose and function of exercises of B-52s at (i) RAF Fairford, April to May, (ii) RAF Fairford, June and (iii) RAF Marham, June.

Mr. Ian Stewart

Five United States Air Force B-52 aircraft deployed to RAF Fairford for the second of this year's Busy Brewer exercises, between 3 and 13 June. Such exercises, which involve deployments within the United Kingdom and continental Europe, are designed to rehearse the aircraft's wartime role in conventional support of NATO. The previous Busy Brewer exercise was held at Fairford between 29 April and 16 May. Two B-52 aircraft will deploy to RAF Marham between 15 and 24 June to participate in joint training exercises with the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force.