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This topic covers statistics on activities of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Armed Forces, including Search and Rescue, military aid to the civil authorities, sustainable development and compensation claims.

Publications

Military Search and Rescue Monthly Statistic
Department: Defence
Search and rescue statistics
Military Search and Rescue Quarterly Statistics
Department: Defence
Military search and rescue statistics.
Military Search and Rescue Statistics
Department: Defence
Military search and rescue statistics.
Search and Rescue Annual Report and Pocket Brief
Department: Defence
A summary of search and rescue statistics.
Search and Rescue Monthly Report and Pocket Brief
Department: Defence
Search and rescue statistics. Following a public consultation, from March 2012 this publication will be called Military Search and Rescue monthly report. The pocket brief will be discontinued
Search and Rescue Quarterly Report and Pocket Brief
Department: Defence
Quarterly Search and Rescue Statistics.
Statistical Series 5 - Activities - Bulletin 5.01 - Military Aid to the Civil Authorities
Department: Defence
Information on the activities of the Royal Navy Fishery Protection Squadron within British fishery limits.
UK Defence Statistics
Department: Defence
The annual statistics compendium of the Ministry of Defence
UK Defence Statistics Factsheet
Department: Defence
A summary of the annual statistics compendium of the Ministry of Defence
UK Defence Statistics Pocket Cards
Department: Defence
A summary of the annual statistics compendium of the Ministry of Defence

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Overview

This topic covers a range of diverse activities of the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces.

Search and Rescue

The Military Search and Rescue? (SAR) service exists primarily to assist military and civilian aircrew in? difficulty. The majority of its work involves assisting shipping or people in? distress, both on land and at sea. SAR cover for the UKand a large? area of the surrounding sea is provided 24 hours a day and 365 days a year by? the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Navy (RN).

The Military SAR force currently consists of RAF and RN SAR Sea King? helicopters operating from eight locations around the UKand four RAF? Mountain Rescue Teams. The Nimrod fixed-wing aircraft based at RAF Kinloss were? withdrawn from service in March 2010. Two RAF SAR helicopter units operate in? Cyprusand the Falklands.

Military aid to the civil authorities

This involves military aid to the civil power, to other government departments and to the community at large. Military aid to other government departments is the use of military forces for non-military government tasks, including fishery protection and hydrographic tasks.

Sustainable Development

As a major landowner, employer, consumer of energy and procurer of goods and services, Defence has the potential to make a significant contribution to government sustainable development targets. Sustainable development covers areas such as waste production, carbon dioxide emissions and energy and water and consumption.

Compensation claims

These are common law non-contractual compensation claims made against the Ministry of Defence. The claims are of three broad types:

  1. employer's liability for Armed Forces personnel

  2. employer's liability to its civilian employees, and

  3. public liability

Peacekeeping

Statistics on the cost of Ministry of Defence (MOD) operations and peacekeeping are published annually in the UK Defence Statistics publication.

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Technical Data

Search and Rescue

Information published on Search and Rescue includes:?

  • the number of incidents

  • callouts and people moved

  • breakdown by type of response (such as, helicopter or fixed wing aircraft)

  • the type of assistance provided?

  • location

UK Search and Rescue data are provided in the form of a weekly download from the Aeronautical Rescue Co-ordination Centre database at RAF Kinloss. Every incident recorded by the Aeronautical Rescue Co-ordination Centre is included in this data.

Incident data from Cyprus and the Falklands are received by email on an ad-hoc basis. All data are validated and checked by Defence Analytical Services and Advice on receipt.

Military Search and Rescue National Statistics are published on a quarterly basis.

Military aid to the civil authorities

Statistics on the number of vessels boarded by the Royal Navy Fishery Protection Squadron within British fishing limits, and convictions arising from these boardings are published on an annual basis in the UK Defence Statistics publication. UK Defence Statistics also provides examples of military aid to the civil power, to other government departments and to the civil community, including numbers of military personnel involved in flood relief.

Until 2008 statistics were also published in the UK Defence Statistics publication on military aid to the Civil Power in Northern Ireland, supporting the police in the defeat of terrorism and in the maintenance of public order. Publication of these statistics ceased in 2008 following the disbanding of the Royal Irish Regiment and the reduction of troop numbers in Northern Ireland.

Sustainable Development

Ministry of Defence (MOD) sustainable development statistics were included in the annual UK Defence Statistics publication for the first time in 2009. The information covered includes:

  • waste recycled and used by the MOD

  • MOD carbon dioxide emissions

  • MOD energy and water consumption

  • percentage of sites of special scientific interest on MOD property that are in target condition

More information on MOD sustainable development can be found on the MOD website.

Compensation claims

The department self-insures against loss. However, it employs commercial companies as claim handlers. All settlements are paid by the department, the companies in question receiving a fee for each claim handled. Gallagher Bassett recently won the contracts in respect of third-party motor claims and Service and civilian employer¡¯s liability claims for all claims received after 1 May 2007.

The Ministry of Defence's (MOD) Claims branch handles all other claims, including:?

  • public liability worldwide - property damage and personal injury (except where there is an Area Claims Office (ACO))

  • damage or injury caused by low flying military aircraft?

  • maritime claims and salvage claims?

  • clinical negligence?

  • claims made against a NATO visiting force?

  • high value, novel or contentious cases?

Statistics on compensation claims are published annually in the UK Defence Statistics publication.

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Glossary

  • Callouts

    Each Search and Rescue unit attending an incident is described as a callout. An incident may result in one or more callouts. An example is two callouts to a mountain incident, with a helicopter and a Mountain Rescue Team working together to assist a casualty. Callouts are for Royal Navy and RAF units whose primary task is Search and Rescue, plus other military aircraft and ships that attended incidents because they were available to Aeronautical Rescue Co-ordination Centres.

  • Conflict prevention

    Conflict Prevention consists of early warning, crisis management, conflict resolution, peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peace-building activity and associated strengthening of international and regional systems and capacity. It includes expenditure in both programme and operational expenditure.

  • Hydrographic Office

    The UK Hydrographic Office, part of the Ministry of Defence, is responsible for surveying the seas around the UK and other areas to aid navigation.

  • Incidents

    Search and Rescue incidents are emergencies attended by Royal Navy or Royal Air Force units whose primary task is Search and Rescue, plus other military aircraft and ships that are available to Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centres.

  • Medrescue

    This is a Search and Rescue term for moving an injured casualty from a hostile environment to a medical facility.

  • Medtransfer

    This is a Search and Rescue term for moving a sick person between medical facilities such as a hospital, or occasionally to move transplant organs.

  • Ministry of Defence (MOD)

    The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is the UK government department responsible for implementation of government defence policy and is the headquarters of the British Armed Forces. The principal objective of the MOD is to defend the UK and its interests. The MOD also manages day-to-day running of the Armed Forces, contingency planning and defence procurement.

  • People moved

    This is a Search and Rescue term for moving people from a hostile environment to a safe environment or to a medical facility to receive urgent medical attention, and between medical facilities at the request of the NHS.

  • Recovery

    This is a Search and Rescue term for moving people declared dead on scene or confirmed dead on arrival by a qualified doctor.

  • Rescue

    This is a Search and Rescue term for moving an uninjured person from a hostile to a benign environment.

  • Search

    This is a Search and Rescue term for a search for craft or people, which does not result in a recovery or rescue.

  • Transfer

    A Search and Rescue transfer involves moving military personnel, or their families, on compassionate grounds.

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Contact Details

For statistical enquiries about this topic, please contact:

Head of DASA Web and Development Services

Email: dasa-enquiries-mailbox@mod.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7807 8792

Defence Analytical Services and Advice 3-K-50 MOD Main Building Whitehall London SW1A 2HB

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