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British Embassies: Military Attaches

House of Lords written question – answered on 8th November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Boateng Lord Boateng Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many defence attachés are deployed in (a) Africa, (b) the United States, (c) Europe, (d) Asia, and (e) Australasia; what are their ranks; in which locations are they based; and how many were deployed in each area in (1) 1979, (2) 1987, (3) 1997, and (4) 2005.

Photo of Lord Astor of Hever Lord Astor of Hever Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The following table shows how many defence attaches/advisers are deployed in Africa, the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia, together with their ranks and locations. It also shows how many were deployed in 1997 and 2005.

Information prior to 1997 is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Table of Number, Locations and Ranks of Defence Attaches/Advisors 1997-2010

Key to Ranks:

OF7 Rear Admiral/Major General/Air Vice Marshal

OF6 Commodore/Brigadier/Air Commodore

OF5 Captain/Colonel/Group Captain

OF4 Commander/Lieutenant Colonel/Wing Commander

OF3 Lieutenant Commander/Major/Squadron Leader

Region Country Total 1997 Total 2005 Total 2010 Defence Att/Adv Rank 2010
Australasia Australia-Canberra 3 2 2 1 X OF6, 1 x OF5
Australasia New Zealand-Wellington 1 1 1 I x OF5
Asia Afghanistan-Kabul 0 0 1 1 x OF5
Asia Bahrain-Manama 0 1 1 1 X OF4
Asia Bangladesh-Dhaka 0 0 1 1 X OF4
Asia Brunei-Bandar Seri Begawan 0 1 1 1 X OF5
Asia China-Beijing 2 2 3 1 X OF6, 1 X OF5, 1 X OF3
Asia India-New Delhi 2 2 3 1 X OF6, 1 X OF5, 1 X OF4
Asia Indonesia-Jakarta 1 1 1 1 X OF5
Asia Iraq-Baghdad 0 1 2 1 X OF6, 1 X OF5
Asia Israel-Tel Aviv 2 2 2 1 X OF5, 1 X OF4
Asia Japan-Tokyo 2 1 1 1 X OF5
Asia Jordan-Amman 2 2 2 1 X OF5, 1 X OF4
Asia Korea-Seoul 2 2 1 1 X OF6
Asia Kuwait-Kuwait City 1 1 1 1 X OF5
Asia Lebanon-Beirut 1 1 1 1 X OF4
Asia Malaysia-Kuala Lumpur 2 2 I 1 X OF5
Asia Nepal-Kathmandu 1 2 1 1 X OF5
Asia Oman-Muscat 2 2 2 1 X OF6, 1 X OF4
Asia Pakistan-Islamabad 2 2 3 1 X OF6, 1 X OF5, 1 X OF4
Asia Philippines 1 1 0
Asia Qatar-Doha 1 1 1 1 X OF4
Asia Saudi Arabia-Riyadh 3 2 2 1 X OF6, 1 X OF4
Asia Singapore-Singapore City 2 1 2 1 X OF5, 1 OF4
Asia Sri Lanka 1 1 0
Asia Syria-Damascus 1 1 1 1 X OF5
Asia Thailand 1 1 0
Asia Turkey-Ankara 2 2 2 1 X OF5, 1 X OF4
Asia United Arab Emirates-Abu Dhabi 2 1 1 1 X OF5
Asia Yemen-Sana'a 0 0 1 1 X OF5
Europe Albania 0 1 0
Europe Austria-Vienna (Regional Hub) 1 1 3 2 X OF4, 1 X OF3
Europe Austria-Vienna (UK Delegation to OSCE) 0 0 1 1 X OF5
Europe Belgium 1 0 0
Europe Bosnia & Herzegovina-Sarajevo 0 1 1 1 X OF4
Europe Bulgaria 1 2 0
Europe Croatia 1 1 0
Europe Cyprus-Nicosia 1 1 1 1 X OF5
Europe Czech Republic-Prague 1 2 1 1 X OF5
Europe Denmark-Copenhagen 1 1 1 I X OF4
Europe Estonia-Tallinn 0 0 1 1 X OF4
Europe Finland 1 1 0
Europe France-Paris 4 3 2 1 X OF6, 1 X OF5
Europe Georgia-Tbilisi 0 1 1 1 X OF4
Europe Germany-Berlin 4 4 2 1 X OF6, 1 X OF5
Europe Greece-Athens 2 2 1 1 X OF5
Europe Hungary 1 1 0
Europe Italy-Rome 3 2 2 1 X OF6, 1 X OF4
Europe Ireland 1 1 0
Europe Kazakhstan-Astana 0 1 1 1 X OF4
Europe Latvia 1 1 0
Europe Lithuania 0 1 0
Europe Macedonia 0 1 0
Europe Netherlands-The Hague 2 1 1 1 X OF5
Europe Norway-Oslo 2 1 1 1 X OF4
Europe Poland-Warsaw 2 2 1 1 X OF5
Europe Portugal 1 1 0
Europe Romania-Bucharest 1 2 1 1 X OF5
Europe Russia-Moscow 6 6 4 I X OF6, 1 X OF5, 2 X OF3
Europe Serbia-Belgrade 1 1 1 1 X OF5
Europe Slovakia 1 2 0
Europe Spain-Madrid 2 2 1 1 X OF5
Europe Sweden-Stockholm 2 1 1 1 X OF4
Europe Switzerland 1 0 0
Europe Ukraine-Kiev 1 2 2 1 X OF5, 1 X OF3
Europe Uzbekistan 0 1 0
North America Canada-Ottawa 2 2 2 1 X OF6, 1 X OF4
North America United States of America-Washington 7 8 8 I X OF7, 3 X OF6, 3 X OF5, 1 X OF4
North America United States of America-UK Mission to UN New York 1 2 2 1 X OF5, 1 X OF4
Africa Angola 0 1 0
Africa Algeria-Algiers 0 1 1 1 X OF4
Africa Congo, Democratic Republic of (DRC)-Kinshasa 0 1 1 1 X OF4
Africa Egypt-Cairo 2 2 2 1 X OF5, 1 X OF3
Africa Ethiopia-Addis Ababa 0 1 1 1 X OF5
Africa Ghana-Accra 1 1 1 1 X OF4
Africa Kenya-Nairobi 1 1 2 1 X OF6, 1 X OF4
Africa Morocco 1 1 1 1 X OF4
Africa Nigeria-Abuja 0 1 1 1 X OF5
Africa Sierra Leone-Freetown 0 1 1 1 X OF4
Africa Somalia (Shadow Section based in Nairobi) 0 0 1 1 X OF4
Africa South Africa-Pretoria 2 2 2 1 X OF5, 1 X OF4
Africa Sudan-Khartoum 0 0 1 1 X OF4
Africa Uganda-Kampala 1 1 1 1 X OF4
Africa Zimbabwe-Harare 1 1 1 1 X OF5

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