§ Mr. Gerald Howarth
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many(a) ships and (b) personnel (i) were originally requested to take part and (ii) took part in Operation Majestic Eagle. 
§ Mr. Ingram
The United States request to take part in Exercise Majestic Eagle did not specify a particular level of involvement. Because Majestic Eagle took place during the terminal stages of the Royal Navy's extensive AURORA 04 programme of exercises with US forces, United Kingdom participation was limited to HMS Invincible, which took part via satellite link while returning from AURORA 04.