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Tour Intervals

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average tour intervals were for each of the units deployed as part of TELIC 9. (110435)

Average tour intervals for formed Army units deployed on Op TELIC 9 are shown in the following table:

Ser

Unit

Previous Deployment

Tour interval

1

HQ and Sigs Sqn 19Lt Bde

TELIC 2 June to October 2003

36 months

2

QRL

TELIC 4 May to October 2004

24 months

3

2 LANCS

TELIC 2 July to October 2003

36 months

4

1 YORKS

OCULUS (BOSNIA) April to September 2004

25 months

5

2 RIFLES

Northern Ireland March to September 2004

31 months

6

3 MERCIAN

TELIC 6 May to October 2005

12 months

7

3 RIFLES

Northern Ireland September 2004 to March 2005

19 months

8

40 Regt RA

TOSCA (Cyprus) June to September 2004

25 months

9

38Engr Regt

TELIC 2 July to October 2003

36 months

10

19 CSS Bn

1 x Sqn deployment; March to October 2003 and 1 x Sqn deployment; November 2003 to April 2004

36 months and 30 months respectively

RAF units operate differently from those of the Army. While a unit might be deployed for four months, RAF personnel can rotate through the unit rather than remain with it throughout. Therefore unit and personnel tour intervals are not necessarily the same.

Unit RAF unit

Previous deployment

Tour interval between previous and current deployment

1 Force Protection Wing

TELIC May to September 2005

Eight months

3 Sqn RAF Regiment

Northern Ireland until February 2006

four months