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Op Herrick 12 will commence in April 2010.

The Secretary of State for Defence (The Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth) announced on 21st January 2010:

In his Statement to the House on 30 November 2009 (Official Report, column 835), the Prime Minister announced the UK's conventional military forces in Afghanistan comprise 9,500 personnel. That will be maintained with the next roulement of UK forces in Afghanistan, due to take place in April 2010. Headquarters, 6 (UK) Division will remain as Headquarters, Regional Command (South) but the current lead formation in Helmand, 11 (Light) Brigade, will be replaced by 4th Mechanized Brigade, which will command the majority of the units serving in Afghanistan.

The forces deploying include:

Headquarters, 6 (UK) Division4th Mechanised Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron (204)Elements of 52 Infantry Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron (258)Headquarters, 101 Logistic BrigadeHeadquarters, 102 Logistic BrigadeElements of 845 Naval Air SquadronElements of 846 Naval Air SquadronElements of 857 Naval Air Squadron40 Commando Royal MarinesThe Royal Dragoon GuardsThe Queen's Royal Lancers4th Regiment Royal Artillery21 Engineer Regime1st Battalion The Scots GuardThe Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles3 Medical Regiment34 Field Hospital1 Close Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers101 Force Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical EngineersElements of 3rd Regiment Royal Horse ArtilleryElements of 5th Regiment Royal ArtilleryElements of 16th Regiment Royal ArtilleryElements of 32nd Regiment Royal ArtilleryElements of 39th Regiment Royal ArtilleryElements of 47th Regiment Royal ArtilleryElements of 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal)Elements of 39 Engineer Regiment (Air Support)Elements of 42 Engineer Regiment (Geographic)Elements of 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer GroupElements of 2 Signal RegimentElements of 10th Signal RegimentElements of 14th Signals Regiment (Electronic Warfare)Elements of 16 Signal RegimentElements of 21st Signal Regiment (Air Support)Elements of 5th Battalion The RiflesElements of 1 Regiment, Army Air CorpsElements of 4 Regiment, Army Air CorpsElements of 9 Regiment, Army Air CorpsElements of 6 Regiment, The Royal Logistic CorpsElements of 7 Regiment, The Royal Logistic CorpsElements of 8 Regiment, The Royal Logistic CorpsElements of 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, The Royal Logistic CorpsElements of 12 Logistic Support Regiment, The Royal Logistic CorpsElements of 17 Port and Maritime Regiment, The Royal Logistic CorpsElements of 23 Pioneer Regiment, The Royal Logistic CorpsElements of 24 Postal Courier and Movement Regiment, The Royal Logistic CorpsElements of 27 Regiment, The Royal Logistic CorpsElements of 29 Postal Courier and Movement Regiment, The Royal Logistic CorpsElements of 5th Regiment Royal Military Police101 Provost Company Royal Military Police150 Provost Company Royal Military PoliceElements of 105 Military Working Dog Support UnitElements of 1 Military Intelligence BrigadeElements of the Military Stabilisation Support GroupElements of The Honourable Artillery CompanyElements of 100 Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers)Elements of 101 Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers)Elements of 104 Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers)Elements of 106 Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers)Elements of 101 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) (Volunteers)Elements of 6th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (Volunteers)Elements of 4th Battalion The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment (King's, Lancashire and Border) (Volunteers)Elements of The London Regiment (Volunteers)Elements of 150 Transport Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps (Volunteers)Elements of 159 Supply Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps (Volunteers)Elements of 160 Transport Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps (Volunteers)Elements of 148 Expeditionary Force Institute Squadron (Volunteers), The Royal Logistic CorpsNumber 1 Royal Air Force, Force Protection Wing HeadquartersNumber 3 Royal Air Force, Force Protection Wing HeadquartersNumber 4 Royal Air Force, Force Protection Wing HeadquartersNumber 5 Royal Air Force, Force Protection Wing HeadquartersElements of Number 2 Royal Air Force Police WingElements of Number 3 Royal Air Force Police Wing2 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment51 Squadron, Royal Air Force RegimentElements of 1 Squadron, Royal Air Force RegimentElements of 3 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment2 Squadron, Royal Air Force9 Squadron, Royal Air Force13 Squadron, Royal Air Force14 Squadron, Royal Air ForceElements of 5 (Army Co-Operation) Squadron, Royal Air ForceElements of 18 Squadron, Royal Air ForceElements of 24 Squadron, Royal Air ForceElements of 27 Squadron, Royal Air ForceElements of 28 Squadron, Royal Air ForceElements of 30 Squadron, Royal Air ForceElements of 78 Squadron, Royal Air ForceElements of the Tactical Supply Wing, Royal Air ForceElements of 1 Air Mobility Wing, Royal Air ForceElements of 1 Air Control Centre, Royal Air ForceElements of 90 Signals Unit, Royal Air ForceElements of 2 (Mechanical Transport) Squadron, Royal Air ForceElements of 5001 Squadron, Royal Air ForceElements of 3 Mobile Catering SquadronElements of Tactical Medical WingElements of 1 (Expeditionary Logistics) SquadronElements of 93 (Expeditionary Armaments) SquadronElements of Tactical Imagery Wing

Volunteer and regular members of the reserve forces will continue to deploy to Afghanistan as part of our integrated force package, and we expect to issue around 700 call-out notices to fill some 600 posts. On completion of their mobilisation procedures, the reservists will undertake a period of training and, where applicable, integration with their respective receiving units. The majority will serve on operations for six or so months. As part of this commitment, we expect up to 17 members of the sponsored reserves to be in theatre at any one time.

I shall make a further Statement on the units we expect to serve under 4th Mechanized Brigade's planned replacement formation, 16 Air Assault Brigade, nearer the time of their deployment.

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