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Afghanistan Roulement

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 21 January 2010

In his statement to the House on 30 November 2009, Official Report, column 835, the Prime Minister announced the UK’s conventional military forces in Afghanistan comprise 9,500 personnel. That will be maintained with the next roulement of UK forces in Afghanistan, due to take place in April 2010. Headquarters, 6 (UK) Division will remain as Headquarters, Regional Command (South) but the current lead formation in Helmand, 11 (Light) Brigade, will be replaced by 4th Mechanised Brigade, which will command the majority of the units serving in Afghanistan. The forces deploying include:

Headquarters, 6 (UK) Division

4th Mechanised Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron (204)

Elements of 52 Infantry Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron (258)

Headquarters, 101 Logistic Brigade

Headquarters, 102 Logistic Brigade

Elements of 845 Naval Air Squadron

Elements of 846 Naval Air Squadron

Elements of 857 Naval Air Squadron

40 Commando Royal Marines

The Royal Dragoon Guards

The Queen’s Royal Lancers

4th Regiment Royal Artillery

21 Engineer Regiment

1st Battalion The Scots Guards

The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment

1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment

1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles

3 Medical Regiment

34 Field Hospital

1 Close Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

101 Force Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Elements of 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery

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 39 Engineer Regiment (Air Support)

Elements of 42 Engineer Regiment (Geographic)

Elements of 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group

Elements of 2 Signal Regiment

Elements of 10th Signal Regiment

Elements of 14th Signals Regiment (Electronic Warfare)

Elements of 16 Signal Regiment

Elements of 21st Signal Regiment (Air Support)

Elements of 5th Battalion The Rifles

Elements of 1 Regiment, Army Air Corps

Elements of 4 Regiment, Army Air Corps

Elements of 9 Regiment, Army Air Corps

Elements of 6 Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps

Elements of 7 Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps

Elements of 8 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 17 Port and Maritime Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps

Elements of 23 Pioneer Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps

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

Elements of 27 Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps

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

Elements of 5th Regiment Royal Military Police

101 Provost Company Royal Military Police

150 Provost Company Royal Military Police

Elements of 105 Military Working Dog Support Unit

Elements of 1 Military Intelligence Brigade

Elements of the Military Stabilisation Support Group

Elements of The Honourable Artillery Company

Elements of 100 Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers)

Elements of 101 Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers)

Elements of 104 Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers)

Elements of 106 Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers)

Elements of 101 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) (Volunteers)

Elements of 6th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (Volunteers)

Elements of 4th Battalion The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment (King’s, Lancashire and Border) (Volunteers)

Elements of The London Regiment (Volunteers)

Elements of 150 Transport Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps (Volunteers)

Elements of 159 Supply Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps (Volunteers)

Elements of 160 Transport Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps (Volunteers)

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

Number 1 Royal Air Force, Force Protection Wing Headquarters

Number 3 Royal Air Force, Force Protection Wing Headquarters

Number 4 Royal Air Force, Force Protection Wing Headquarters

Number 5 Royal Air Force, Force Protection Wing Headquarters

Elements of Number 2 Royal Air Force Police Wing

Elements of Number 3 Royal Air Force Police Wing

2 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment

51 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment

Elements of 1 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment

Elements of 3 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment

2 Squadron, Royal Air Force

9 Squadron, Royal Air Force

13 Squadron, Royal Air Force

14 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Elements of 5 (Army Co-Operation) Squadron, Royal Air Force

Elements of 18 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Elements of 24 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Elements of 27 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Elements of 28 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Elements of 30 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Elements of 78 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Elements of the Tactical Supply Wing, Royal Air Force

Elements of 1 Air Mobility Wing, Royal Air Force

Elements of 1 Air Control Centre, Royal Air Force

Elements of 90 Signals Unit, Royal Air Force

Elements of 2 (Mechanical Transport) Squadron, Royal Air Force

Elements of 5001 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Elements of 3 Mobile Catering Squadron

Elements of Tactical Medical Wing

Elements of 1 (Expeditionary Logistics) Squadron

Elements of 93 (Expeditionary Armaments) Squadron

Elements of Tactical Imagery Wing

Volunteer and regular members of the reserve forces will continue to deploy to Afghanistan as part of our integrated force package, and we expect to issue around 700 call-out notices to fill some 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 so months. As part of this commitment, we expect up to 17 members of the sponsored reserves to be in theatre at any one time.

I shall make a further statement on the units we expect to serve under 4th Mechanised Brigade’s planned replacement formation, 16 Air Assault Brigade, nearer the time of their deployment.