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Iraq and Afghanistan

Volume 506: debated on Tuesday 2 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force (i) fixed wing aircraft and (ii) helicopters are deployed in (A) Iraq, (B) Germany, (C) Afghanistan, (D) Cyprus, (E) Diego Garcia, (F) the Falkland Islands and the South Atlantic, (G) Gibraltar, (H) Kuwait, (I) Ascension Island, (J) the United Arab Emirates, (K) Oman, (L) Bahrain and (M) at sea. (316489)

There are no manned UK military aircraft deployed in Iraq, Cyprus, Diego Garcia, Gibraltar, Kuwait, the UAE or Ascension Island.

There are 12 Army helicopters permanently based in Germany, though some of these may be deployed on operations or in the UK for maintenance at any given time.

There are 12 RAF manned fixed-wing aircraft in Afghanistan. All three services have helicopters in Afghanistan and there are three Royal Navy helicopters deployed to Oman. I am withholding further information on numbers in operational theatres because it would, or would be likely to, prejudice the efficiency, security and capability of the armed forces.

In the Falkland Islands and the South Atlantic there are six manned fixed wing aircraft and two helicopters, all from the RAF.

There are no manned fixed-wing aircraft at sea. There are currently 10 Royal Navy helicopters at sea.

All figures and types are only for aircraft deployed on operations as at 23 February 2010. Aircraft may also be temporarily overseas for exercises or other short-term visits.