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Volume 456: debated on Monday 29 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average tour intervals were for each unit deployed on the Helmand Task Force roulement. (110433)

Average tour intervals, from 1997, for the Royal Marines Commando units deployed on the Helmand Task Force roulement are shown in the following table:


Average tour interval (months)

42 Commando Royal Marines


45 Commando Royal Marines


Commando Logistics Regiment


28 Engineer Regiment


28 Engineer Regiment rarely deploys as a fully formed unit. Elements of the Regiment are deployed to Helmand Province and I have informed the House on 6 November 2006, Official Report, column 793W, of the tour interval for those personnel involved.

RAF units operate differently to those of the Army or Royal Marines. While a unit might be deployed for five 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.

RAF unit

Average tour interval (months)

3 Force Protection Wing


2 Sqn RAF Regiment