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Afghanistan Roulement

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

The next roulement of UK forces in Afghanistan will take place in October 2007. The force package that we currently plan to deploy will see the lead formation, some 12 Mechanised Brigade, replaced by 52 Infantry Brigade, which will provide the majority of the units serving in Afghanistan. The forces deploying include elements of:

52 Infantry Brigade Headquarters and 258 Signal Squadron

846 Naval Air Squadron

Naval Strike Wing

40 Commando Royal Marines

Armoured Support Group, Royal Marines

The Household Cavalry Regiment

1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

2 Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards)

1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles

4th Regiment, Royal Artillery

36 Engineer Regiment

27 Transport Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps

5 General Support Medical Regiment

1 Battalion, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Elements of The King's Royal Hussars

Elements of The Queen's Royal Lancers

Elements of 5th Regiment, Royal Artillery

Elements of 16th Regiment, Royal Artillery

Elements of 32nd Regiment, Royal Artillery

Elements of 39th Regiment, Royal Artillery

Elements of 47th Regiment, Royal Artillery

Elements of 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal)

Elements of 70 Gurkha Field Support Squadron

Headquarters 62 Works Group Royal Engineers, 519 Specialist Team Royal Engineers (Works)

Elements of 10th Signal Regiment, The Royal Corps of Signals

Elements Signal of 14th Regiment (Electronic Warfare), the Royal Corps of Signals

Elements of 21st Signal Regiment (Air Support), the Royal Corps of Signals

Elements of 30th Signal Regiment, the Royal Corps of Signals

Elements of 3 Regiment, Army Air Corps.

Elements of 1 Close Support Company, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Elements of 7th Battalion, The Rifles

Elements of 52nd Lowland, 6 Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland

Elements of 9 Regiment, Army Air Corps.

Headquarters 102 Logistic Brigade

Elements of 9 Supply Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps

Elements of 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps

Elements of 12 Logistic Support Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps

Elements of 13 Air Assault Support Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps (47 Air Dispatch Squadron)

Elements of 24 Postal Courier and Movement Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps

Elements of 29 Postal Courier and Movement Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps

Elements of 148 Squadron Expeditionary Forces Institute (Volunteers), The Royal Logistic Corps

Hospital Squadron formed from 201 Field Hospital (V) and 243 Field Hospital (V)

Elements of 7 Air Assault Battalion, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

101 Provost Company, 5th Provost Regiment, Royal Military Police

Elements of 1 Military Intelligence Brigade

Elements of Joint Civil Military Co-operation (CIMIC) Group

Elements of 90 Signals Unit Royal Air Force

904 Expeditionary Air Wing Royal Air Force

Elements of 1 Air Control Centre Royal Air Force

15 Regiment Field Squadron Royal Air Force

7 Force Protection Wing Headquarters Royal Air Force

Elements of:

18 Squadron Royal Air Force

24 Squadron Royal Air Force

27 Squadron Royal Air Force

30 Squadron Royal Air Force

47 Squadron Royal Air Force

70 Squadron Royal Air Force

Elements of 1 Air Movements Wing Royal Air Force

Elements of 85 (Expeditionary Logistic) Wing Headquarters, Royal Air Force

Elements of 2 Motor Transport Squadron, Royal Air Force

Elements of 5001 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Elements of Mobile Catering Support Unit

Elements of Tactical Medical Wing

Elements of Tactical Armament Squadron

Elements of Tactical Imagery Intelligence Wing

Elements of 151 Transport Regiment (Volunteers) The Royal Logistic Corps

The bulk of these units represent direct replacements for the Afghanistan deployments I announced to the House on 1 February 2007,Official Report, columns 19-20WS, and 26 February 2007, Official Report, columns 619-635. The House will be aware, however, that all military operations are subject to regular review. As a result, I have therefore agreed to deploy an additional troop of the highly regarded VIKING Protected Mobility Vehicles, manned by Royal Marines and the Queen's Royal Lancers, to enhance further the Task Force Helmand's ability to manoeuvre. In addition, from 1 August 2007 to 31 July 2008 the UK will act as Principal Co-ordinating Nation for NATO's management of Kandahar airfield. I am also considering options to enhance our support for the Afghan National Security Forces In consequence the total UK commitment in Afghanistan is likely to be around 7,800 by the end of this year.

Volunteer and Regular members of the reserve forces will continue to deploy to Afghanistan as part of this integrated force package, and we expect to have eventually issued in the order of 750 call-out notices to fill over 600 posts. On completion of their mobilisation procedures, the reservists will undertake a period of training and, where applicable, integration with their respective receiving units. The majority will serve on operations for six or seven months, although some may have shorter tours. As part of this commitment, we expect up to 20 members of the sponsored reserves to be in theatre at any one time.

The House will recall too, the importance I attach to burden-sharing within the International Security Assistance Force. In this context, I should like to welcome the recent decision by the Danish Parliament to increase their deployment in Helmand. Operating under 52 Infantry Brigade's command will be a Danish Battlegroup which, building on our close co-operation with Danish forces in Iraq, will exercise tactical command over two British infantry companies. This important increase in the Danish contribution to Task Force Helmand is a significant boost to its operational capability and its capacity to help stabilise and secure Helmand province.