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Service Units

Volume 229: debated on Thursday 22 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the approximate number of personnel deployed with each of the units listed in Cm. 2270, page 22, table 3.

[holding answer 16 July 1993]: The exact number of personnel deployed at any time will depend upon the task being performed by, and the readiness state of, the unit in question. Approximate peacetime personnel establishments, which do not include the supporting and logistic units needed to sustain operational deployments, for the force elements listed are as follows:

Force elementNumber of personnel
Aircraft carriers1680–1,200
Destroyers and Frigates2163–260
Amphibious ships354–540
Mine countermeasures vessels230–42
Royal Fleet auxiliary vessels240–116
RM Commandos4530–660
Strategic deterrent submarines2124–147
Nuclear-powered fleet submarines2129–137
Army Air Corps regiments5119–309
Armoured and reconnaissance regiments465–470
Artillery regiments (regular)6172–589
Artillery regiments (TA)495–512
Engineer regiments (regular)739–488
Engineer regiments (TA)17–743
Infantry battlions (regular)193–806
Infantry regiments (TA/Royal Irish Home Service)508–1,156
Reconnaissance regiments (TA)357–470
Transport, tanker and SAR aircraft82,630
Airborne early warning8165
Canberra PR98103
Nimrod R & MR8551
Rapier fire units8500
Tornado F38930
Tornado GR181,455
1 1,200 when the carrier's Air Group is embarked.
2 Numbers vary depending on class of vessel.
3 Excludes any embarked forces.
4 Includes Comacchio group.
5 Including sub-units in Northern Ireland.
6 Includes Kings Troop RHA.
7 Includes Military Survey, Military Works forces and Command Engineer Squadron.
8 Figures relate to squadron personnel for each aircraft fleet, but do not include Operational Conversion Unit/Tornado Weapons Conversion Unit personnel.