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Air Force: Deployment

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average unit tour interval of each Royal Air Force regiment was at the latest date for which information is available. (304375)

The average unit tour interval for the RAF Regiment Field Squadrons, i.e. the interval between overseas deployments, is 15 months as at 3 December 2009. This figure continues to improve reflecting increased recruitment and action taken earlier this year to increase the RAF Regiment. An additional Force Protection Wing and Force Protection Squadron have been added to the Regiment’s strength, bringing the total to seven Force Protection Wings and Squadrons.