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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy personnel have been deployed in Afghanistan in each month since January 2006. (293791)

The percentage of Royal Navy personnel deployed in Afghanistan as a proportion of the endorsed troop level by Operation Herrick roulement is provided in the following table:

Herrick roulement

Date

Royal Navy personnel deployed as a percentage of the endorsed UK troop level for Operation Herrick at the time1

Herrick 10

April to October 2009

5

Herrick 9

October 2008 to April 2009

30

Herrick 8

April to October 2008

5

Herrick 7

October 2007 to April 2008

15

Herrick 6

April to October 2007

10

Herrick 5

November 2006 to April 2007

35

Herrick 4

May to November 2006

5

1 Rounded to the nearest 5 per cent. at the mid-point of each roulement to provide the most consistent representation of personnel in theatre.

The precise number of personnel in each theatre at any one time fluctuates very significantly and on a daily basis for a variety of reasons, including mid-tour rest and recuperation, temporary absence for training, evacuation for medical reasons, the roulement of forces and visits.

The higher percentage of Royal Navy personnel for Herrick roulements 9 and 5 are accounted for by the deployment of 3 Commando Brigade as Task Force Helmand which increased the proportion of Royal Navy personnel in Afghanistan.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many additional Chinook helicopters he expects to be deployed in Afghanistan in 2010. (296785)

We are converting eight Chinook Mk 3 helicopters to a support helicopter role. The first of these aircraft will be delivered for training purposes before the end of this year, with the remaining seven being delivered by the end of 2010. This will increase the size of the pool of Chinooks available for deployment but I will not comment on the specific number of helicopters to be deployed to Afghanistan as to do so would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces.