British Government May Deploy Missiles Around London During Olympics
London, U.K. -
According to the British Ministry of Defense during preparations for a security exercise, it may deploy surface-to-air missiles around London during the 2012 summer olympics being held in London.
The government, including the MoD, Police, and intelligence services will be holding Exercise Olympic Guardian starting May 2 and at the conclusion of that will decide if missiles should be deployed.
Standing joint commander General Sir Nick Parker said the decision on the missiles would be taken "at the very highest political level".
The decision has some London area residents unhappy fearing debris from any missile launched due an attack could reign debris down on the city, while other have said smaller pieces of debris is a better situation than one or two large explosions from a possible attack.
Six sites have been selected for the surface-to-air missiles including; Lexington Building in Tower Hamlets and the Fred Wigg Tower in Waltham Forest, east London, Blackheath Common Oxleas Wood, both in south-east London; William Girling Reservoir in Enfield; and Barn Hill in Epping Forest.
Exercise Olympic Guardian will include the berthing of HMS Ocean at Greenwich, with a number of Royal Navy Lynx helicopters on board.
The deployment of HMS Bulwark and other ships to Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour.
The basing of RAF Typhoon fast jets at RAF Northolt, west London.
Royal Navy airborne early warning helicopters and RAF Puma helicopters at a Territorial Army centre in Ilford, east London.
The operation of fast jets and helicopters over Greater London and the Home Counties.
With the majority of the coming exercise being conducting in full public view, the government is taking no chances of any disruptions to the games or the safety of the public and says it has several layers of additional security that are already operating that the public can not see.