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Bomb Disposal: Seas and Oceans

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 13170, tabled on 9 June 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many underwater munitions disposals his Department has performed in the waters surrounding the UK in each of the last ten years; and what proportion of those disposals involved (a) high order detonations and (b) low order deflagrations.

Answered on

14 June 2021

The Royal Navy’s Area Diving Groups, part of the Fleet Diving Squadron, are responsible for the disposal of underwater ordnance along the UK coastline, up to 12 nautical miles offshore. In the last ten years they have conducted the following numbers of underwater demolitions involving High Order detonation of munitions at sea. No Low Order detonations were conducted.

Year

Operational tasks

2020

4

2019

7

2018

13

2017

18

2016

18

2015

8

2014

5

2013

20

2012

9

2011

5

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