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Philip Hammond (The Secretary of State for Defence; Runnymede and Weybridge, Conservative)

The next roulement of UK forces in Afghanistan is due to take place in April 2012. The UK’s current framework Brigade in Helmand, 20th Armoured Brigade, will be replaced by 12th Mechanized Brigade. The forces deploying include:

12th Mechanized Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron (228)
Elements of 19th Light Brigade Headquarters
Headquarters 102 Logistic Brigade
The King’s Royal Hussars
The Light Dragoons
Elements of 1st Royal Tank Regiment
Elements of The Royal Wessex Yeomanry
19th Regiment Royal Artillery
Elements of 5th Regiment Royal Artillery
Elements of 12th Regiment Royal Artillery
Elements of 16th Regiment Royal Artillery
Elements of 32nd Regiment Royal Artillery
Elements of 39th Regiment Royal Artillery
Elements of 40th Regiment Royal Artillery
26 Engineer Regiment
Elements of The Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia)
Elements of 21 Engineer Regiment
Elements of 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal)
Elements of 36 Engineer Regiment (Search)
Elements of 38 Engineer Regiment
Elements of 42 Engineer Regiment (Geographical)
Elements of The Military Stabilisation and Support Group
Elements of 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group
16th Signal Regiment
Elements of 10th Signal Regiment
Elements of 14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare)
Elements of 21st Signal Regiment (Air Support)
1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards
1st Battalion The Welsh Guards
1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment
3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment)
1st Battalion The Royal Welsh
2nd Battalion The Royal Ghurkha Rifles
3rd Battalion The Rifles
Elements of The London Regiment
Elements of 3rd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment
Elements of 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment
Elements of 6th Battalion The Rifles
Elements of 3 Regiment Army Air Corps
Elements of 4 Regiment Army Air Corps
Elements of 6 Regiment Army Air Corps
Elements of 9 Regiment Army Air Corps
Elements of Joint Helicopter Support Squadron
Elements of Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Support Battalion
4 Logistic Support Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps
10 The Queen’s Own Ghurkha Logistic Regiment
Elements of 9 Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal 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 Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 27 Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 29 Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 88 Postal and Courier Regiment (Volunteers), The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 148 Expeditionary Force Institute Squadron (Volunteers), The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 152 Transport Regiment (Volunteers), The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 159 Supply Regiment (Volunteers), The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 162 Movement Regiment (Volunteers), The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 166 Supply Regiment (Volunteers), The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 151 Transport Regiment (Volunteers), The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of the Catering Support Regiment (Volunteers), The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of the Operational Headquarters Support Group (Volunteers), The Royal Logistic Corps
4th Medical Regiment
22nd Field Hospital
Elements of 254 Medical Regiment (Volunteers)
4th Close Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Elements of 104 Force Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
174 Provost Company Royal Military Police
Elements of 160 Provost Company Royal Military Police
Elements of Special Investigations Branch United Kingdom
Elements of The Military Provost Staff
Elements of 1st Military Working Dogs Regiment
Elements of 1st Military Intelligence Battalion
Elements of 2nd Military Intelligence Battalion
Elements of 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion
Elements of 4th Military Intelligence Battalion
Elements of 5th Military Intelligence Battalion
Elements of The Defence Cultural Specialist Unit
Elements of 15 Psychological Operations Group
604 Tactical Air Control Party
614 Tactical Air Control Party
621 Tactical Air Control Party
632 Tactical Air Control Party
2 (Army Co-Operation) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Elements of 24 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Elements of 30 Squadron, Royal Air Force
12(B) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Elements of 5 (Army Co-Operation) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Elements of 32 Squadron Royal Air Force
Elements of 28 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Elements of 216 Squadron Royal Air Force
Elements of 101 Squadron Royal Air Force
Elements of 39 Squadron Royal Air Force
Elements of 27 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Elements of 18 Squadron, Royal Air Force
617 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Elements of 99 Squadron Royal Air Force
Elements of 78 Squadron, Royal Air Force
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
51 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment
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
Elements of 5131 (BD) Sqn

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 300 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. As part of this commitment, we expect up to six members of the sponsored reserves to be in theatre at any one time.

The UK’s conventional force level is expected to remain at 9,500 for the duration of the deployment.

I shall make a further statement on the units we expect to serve under 12th Mechanized Brigade’s planned replacement formation, 4th Mechanized Brigade, nearer the time of their deployment.

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