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Shipping: Surveillance

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL6060, tabled on 14 March 2017

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the UK's maritime assets are co-ordinated, using the intelligence provided by the National Maritime Intelligence Agency, to investigate, and if necessary intercept, ships and boats of concern approaching or in UK waters.

Answered on

21 March 2017

Through the coordination of intelligence and information the National Maritime Information Centre provides the UK with a comprehensive picture of potential threats to UK maritime security and unified situational awareness of maritime activity in UK and international waters.

The Ministry of Defence contributes to Her Majesty's Government's efforts by providing multi-layered capability to deter incursions into territorial waters. This is delivered through a combination of surface ships, submarines and aircraft, alongside close co-ordination and co-operation with other Government Agencies and our allies.

I am not prepared to disclose further details as this would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.