UK Military Engagements

Defence written question – answered on 18th November 2004.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Labour, Leicester East

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list UK military engagements overseas, in addition to Iraq; and how many (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) RAF personnel are involved in each.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

The list of UK military personnel deployed on operations overseas and the numbers of (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) RAF personnel who are involved in each, is as follows:

Operations Army Royal Navy RAF Total
Balkans (Op Oculus) 1,035 75 90 1,200
Afghanistan (Op Herrick) 585 20 255 880
Gulf Region (Op Telic) 6,855 1,265 1,365 9,485
UN Operations
Cyprus (Op Tosca) 415 0 0 415
Georgia (Op Baronet) 5 5 5 10
Sierra Leone (Op Turner) 15 5 5 20
Sudan (Op Dalmin) 0 0 5 5
Dem Rep of Congo (Op Percival) 5 5 0 5
Liberia (Op Sequesta) 5 5 5 5


1. The table does not include personnel serving in loan/diplomatic posts, in permanent garrisons, personnel stationed on British overseas territories or on training detachments.

2. The figures are as reported in early November 2004 and are rounded up to the nearest 5.

3. Totals may not therefore match the sum of the three individual parts.

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