Armed Forces: Deployment

Defence written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Armed Forces personnel were deployed on operations on the latest date for which figures are available, broken down by location of operation.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The following table shows the number of UK service personnel deployed on operations by location at 5 October 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 UK armed forces personnel deployed by location( 1)
Location Number
Total 14,950
of which:
Afghanistan(2,3) 8,800
Iraq(2) 3,900
At sea 820
Qatar 410
Cyprus 260
Oman 260
Kuwait 230
Kosovo 160
Bahrain 80
Bosnia 10
Other 20
(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 Iraq and Afghanistan have been rounded to the nearest 100 for operational security reasons. Other figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. Due to rounding methods used, the total may not equal the sum of the individual locations.

(3) Figures for Afghanistan are artificially high due to a current Operation Herrick Relief In Place (RIP) operation.

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