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6 Defence OlympicSecurity

6 Defence OlympicSecurity

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Military Support to Olympic SecurityThe Secretary of State for Defence (The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP):
 In my statements to the House on 15 December 2011 and 3 July this year, I set out the Defencecontribution to the safety and security of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in support of theHome Office and Department for Culture Media and Sport. Elements of that support are nowdeploying and I am writing to update the House prior to the start of the Games.RAF Typhoon aircraft have deployed to RAF Northolt; RAF Puma helicopters have arrived atIlford Territorial Army Centre and Ground Based Air Defence systems and air observers arebeginning to deploy to their sites today, all to support the Air Security Plan when the airspacerestrictions over London come into force on 14 July.HMS OCEAN will arrive on the Thames on 13 July with Royal Marines to provide security on theriver and further helicopters to support both the Air and Thames Security Plans.Other elements of support to police-led security will deploy at different stages between now and thestart of the Games, including a range of personnel, both regular and reservists, and other assetsincluding HMS BULWARK and RFA MOUNTS BAY which will provide support in WeymouthBay. Along with an Olympic Military Contingency Force, and enabling units, this support amountsto some 6000 personnel.In my earlier statement to the House, on 15 December 2011, I said that we would also deploy, atpeak, 7,500 personnel
to support the London O
rganising Committee for the Olympic Games’ venue
security operation across the period of the Games. These personnel have also begun to deploy tovenues to support the rolling search and lock-down process between now and the start of theOlympics, alongside the police, the commercial security provider, G4S, and volunteers. As thevenue security exercise has got under way, concerns have arisen about the ability of G4S to deliverthe required number of guards for all the venues within the timescales available. Ministers havebeen monitoring this situation and, where necessary, preparing contingency measures. G4S hasnow agreed that it would be prudent to deploy additional military support to provide greaterreassurance. The Home Secretary, Culture Secretary and I have therefore agreed the deployment of a further 3,500 military personnel. This will bring the total number of military personnel, from all

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