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Air Force: Deployment

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel were stationed at permanent commitment Royal Air Force bases in (a) the Falkland Islands, (b) Cyprus, (c) Nevada, (d) Gibraltar and (e) Ascension Island at the latest date for which figures are available. (203675)

As of April 2008, the information requested is as follows.

There are currently 489 service personnel stationed at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, 38 service personnel stationed at RAF Gibraltar and 17 service personnel stationed at Ascension Island Base.

There is no separate RAF base in the Falkland Islands, although the RAF units form an integral part of British Forces South Atlantic Island. There are 533 service personnel who are directly associated with RAF operations in the Falkland Islands.

There is no RAF base in Nevada. However, there are 80 service personnel serving with 39 Squadron RAF permanently based there.