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The Secretary of State for Defence, Mr Philip Hammond MP, today told Parliament that the next roulement of UK forces in Afghanistan (Op Herrick 19) is due to take place in October 2013. Around half of these units will form Task Force Helmand under the command of 7th Armoured Brigade. The remainder will deploy within Helmand and also to other locations in Afghanistan - particularly Kandahar and Kabul - as part of the UK's overall contribution. The forces deploying are listed on the next page.

7th Armoured Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron (207)

Headquarters 101 Logistics Brigade

857 Naval Air Squadron

3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys)

9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's)

Elements of The Queen's Own Yeomanry

Elements of 5th Regiment Royal Artillery

Elements of 14th 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

32 Engineer Regiment

63 Works Group Royal Engineers

Elements of 36 Engineer Regiment (Search)

Elements of 42 Engineer Regiment (Geographical)

Elements of 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance
Disposal)

Elements of 10th Signal Regiment

Elements of 14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare)

Elements of 15th Signal Regiment (Information Support)

Elements of 21st Signal Regiment (Air Support)

Elements of 30th Signal Regiment

Elements of 39th (Skinners) Signal Regiment

1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment

3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Staffords)

Elements of 3rd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment

Elements of 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh

Elements of 4 Regiment Army Air Corps

Elements of 9 Regiment Army Air Corps

2 Logistic Support Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps

27 Theatre Logistic Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps

Elements of 7 Theatre Logistic Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps

Elements of 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment The Royal Logistic
Corps

Elements of 29 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps

Elements of 151 (London) Transport Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps

Elements of 158 (Royal Anglian) Transport Regiment The Royal Logistic
Corps

Elements of 162 Movement Control Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps

Elements of 159 Supply Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps

Elements of 148 (Expeditionary Forces Institute) Squadron The Royal
Logistic Corps

2 Medical Regiment

202 (Midlands) Field Hospital

203 (Welsh) Field Hospital

2 Close Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Elements of 7 Air Assault Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical
Engineers

Elements of 101 Force Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical
Engineers

Elements of 103 (Hybrid) Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical
Engineers

111 Provost Company Royal Military Police

Elements of 114 Provost Company Royal Military Police

Elements of Special Investigation Branch Regiment Royal Military Police

Elements of The Military Provost Staff Corps

Elements of 1st Military Working Dog Regiment

Elements of 1 Military Intelligence Battalion

Elements of 2 Military Intelligence (Exploitation) Battalion

2 (Army Cooperation) Squadron, Royal Air Force

617 Squadron, Royal Air Force

51 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment

58 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment

Number 5 Royal Air Force Force Protection Wing Headquarters

Number 2 Tactical Police Squadron, Royal Air Force

Elements of 24 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Elements of 30 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Elements of 32 (The Royal) Squadron, Royal Air Force

Elements of 216 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Elements of 39 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Elements of 13 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Elements of 27 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Elements of 51 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Elements of 99 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Elements of 33 (Engineering) Squadron, Royal Air Force

Elements of 90 Signals Unit, Royal Air Force

Elements of 1 Air Control Centre, Royal Air Force

Elements of Tactical Supply Wing, Royal Air Force

Elements of 1 Air Mobility Wing, Royal Air Force

Elements of Tactical Medical Wing, Royal Air Force

Elements of Number 1 Royal Air Force Police Wing

Elements of Number 2 Royal Air Force Police Wing

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

Elements of 93 (Expeditionary Armaments) Squadron, Royal Air Force

Elements of Engineering and Logistics Wing, Royal Air Force Odiham

In addition to the list of formed units, individual augmentees from each of the Services will continue to deploy as part of this integrated force package. In total we expect around 1119 individual augmentees to deploy on operations. This will be comprised of

246 Royal Navy personnel,

370 Army personnel and

503 Royal Air Force personnel

The Royal Air Force currently provides the command element of Headquarters Joint Force Support (Afghanistan), with the wider headquarters manned by Individual Augmentees from all three Services. 101 Logistic Brigade will deploy in
November to take on this role.

Volunteer and ex-Regular members of the Reserve Forces will continue to
deploy to Afghanistan as part of this integrated force package, and we
expect to issue around 400 call-out notices. 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 around six
months although a small proportion of any force which is stood down due
to force level reductions is likely to be reservist.

As the Prime Minister announced in December 2012, the UK's conventional
force levels in Afghanistan will drawdown to around 5,200 by the end of
2013, from the current level of around 7,900. As part of this drawdown,
there will be around 6,000 personnel in Afghanistan from Autumn 2013.
However, this figure may fluctuate and occasionally exceed this total
due to Relief in Place and additional surges into theatre.

As announced by the Defence Secretary on 14 May 2013, some elements of
7th Armoured Brigade will deploy on Op HERRICK 19 for up to eight
months. This will remove the requirement to train and deploy an extra
Brigade, at greatly reduced scale, to cover the final months of 2014.
It will also align tours to key milestones in the transition process,
such as the Afghan presidential elections in Spring 2014. A small
number of reservists may voluntarily serve eight months.

A further statement on 7th Armoured Brigade's planned replacement formation, 20th Armoured Brigade, nearer the time of their deployment.

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