TheUK have called their part of this tripartite operation: Exercise ATLANTIC BLUE. Canada have named theirs:Exercise TRIPLE PLAY.
The UK Home Office website states:
Exercise Atlantic Blue
International Objectives | Freqently Asked Questions
Exercise Atlantic Blue is due to take place 4-8 April 2005 and is designed to test simultaneous responses to internationally linked terrorist
incidents, focusing on how we communicate across international borders at a strategic level.
On 17 March 2005 Home Office Minister Hazel Blears said:
"The threat from international terrorism remains real and serious, and is a worldwide concern. It is vital we make every effort to enhance and
develop our resilience to this threat by working closely with our international colleagues. Exercise Atlantic Blue provides an excellent opportunity
to do just this, through sharing best practice on emergency planning and response procedures."
Press Release 17 March
The Metropolitan Police Service is the host police force for the UK working closely with the Home Office and other government departments and London
agencies on planning and delivery. Planning has taken over two years since it was first agreed between the UK and the US. See the statement issued in
July 2003 by David Blunkett - An update on counter-terrorism and security issues.
The exercise will be a command post exercise (CPX). This means a real incident control room is set up to co-ordinate responses, but will not involve
live action on the ground.
Running a CPX will allow the UK to focus entirely on strategic-level communication issues, rather than on the management of live play at an
operational level which is regularly rehearsed around the country.
The Canada Exercise Triple Play will also run as a CPX, and, as with the UK will involve players from the emergency services, local and regional
governments, and the health services.
The US TOPOFF 3 will run as a live play exercise, this means it will incorporate strategic level play, similar to that played UK and Canada, as well
as play at an operational level. Exercise TOPOFF3 will involve more than 10,000 participants representing more than 200 federal, state, local, tribal,
private sector and international agencies and organisations, as well as volunteer groups.
Full UK Home Office Statement