Armed Forces: Deployment

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 23rd June 2015.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current military operations being conducted by British Armed Forces are by (a) number of personnel and (b) mission.

Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)

The Ministry of Defence currently has around 4,000 personnel deployed on over 20 overseas operations. These include:

Over 2,300 personnel supporting our Middle Eastern presence, including approximately 770 personnel involved in operations to counter ISIL, with a further 125 deploying shortly.

Around 530 personnel supporting the UK's search and rescue effort in the Mediterranean in response to the migrant crisis.

Around 470 personnel in non-combat roles in Afghanistan.

Over 270 personnel on a variety of operations in Africa, including around 200 personnel deployed for the Ebola crisis.

250 military personnel in support of UN forces in Cyprus.

120 military personnel deployed on NATO Baltic Air Policing.

90 military personnel deployed in Nepal following the recent earthquake.

30 military personnel deployed on capacity building in Mali in support of the EU and UN training missions.

50 military personnel in Ukraine providing training for the Ukranian Armed Forces.

We do not disclose details of all ongoing operations as disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

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