Armed Forces: Deployment

Defence written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK service personnel were deployed on operations, broken down by location of deployment, at the most recent date for which figures are available.

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The following table provides the number of UK service personnel deployed on operations by location as at 31 March 2008. The number of personnel in theatre will naturally fluctuate on a daily basis for a variety of reasons, including leave (rest and recuperation), temporary absence for training, evacuation for medical reasons, the roulement of forces and other factors.

Number of personnel deployed by location( 1)
Location Number
O f which:
Afghanistan(2) 8,600
Iraq 3,900
At sea 700
Qatar 400
Cyprus 280
Kuwait 260
Oman 190
Kosovo 130
Bahrain 70
Bosnia 10
Other 20
Total 14,590
1. Countries with 10 or more personnel are shown separately. Other countries with fewer than 10 personnel per country include Georgia, Nepal, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia.

2. Figures for Afghanistan are artificially high due to a current 'relief in place' roulement of forces in operation.


Numbers for each location are rounded to the nearest 10, except for Iraq and Afghanistan which have been rounded to the nearest 100.

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