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The Secretary of State for Defence (Des Browne)told Parliament : The next roulement of UK forces in Afghanistan will take place in October 2007. The force package that we currently plan to deploy will see the lead formation, 12 Mechanised Brigade, replaced by 52 Infantry Brigade, which will provide the majority of the units serving in Afghanistan.

The forces deploying include elements of:
52 Infantry Brigade Headquarters and 258 Signal Squadron
846 Naval Air Squadron
Naval Strike Wing
40 Commando Royal Marines
Armoured Support Group, Royal Marines
The Household Cavalry Regiment
1st Battalion Coldstream Guards
2 Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards)
1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles
4th Regiment, Royal Artillery
36 Engineer Regiment
27 Transport Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps
5 General Support Medical Regiment
1 Battalion, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Elements of The King's Royal Hussars
Elements of The Queen's Royal Lancers
Elements of 5th Regiment, Royal Artillery
Elements of 16th Regiment, Royal Artillery
Elements of 32nd Regiment, Royal Artillery
Elements of 39th Regiment, Royal Artillery

19 July 2007 : Column 30WS
Elements of 47th Regiment, Royal Artillery
Elements of 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal)
Elements of 70 Gurkha Field Support Squadron
Headquarters 62 Works Group Royal Engineers, 519 Specialist Team Royal Engineers (Works)
Elements of 10th Signal Regiment, The Royal Corps of Signals
Elements Signal of 14th Regiment (Electronic Warfare), the Royal Corps of Signals
Elements of 21st Signal Regiment (Air Support), the Royal Corps of Signals
Elements of 30th Signal Regiment, the Royal Corps of Signals
Elements of 3 Regiment, Army Air Corps.
Elements of 1 Close Support Company, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Elements of 7th Battalion, The Rifles
Elements of 52nd Lowland, 6 Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Elements of 9 Regiment, Army Air Corps.
Headquarters 102 Logistic Brigade
Elements of 9 Supply Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 12 Logistic Support Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 13 Air Assault Support Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps (47 Air Dispatch Squadron)
Elements of 24 Postal Courier and Movement Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 29 Postal Courier and Movement Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 148 Squadron Expeditionary Forces Institute (Volunteers), The Royal Logistic Corps
Hospital Squadron formed from 201 Field Hospital (V) and 243 Field Hospital (V)
Elements of 7 Air Assault Battalion, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
101 Provost Company, 5th Provost Regiment, Royal Military Police
Elements of 1 Military Intelligence Brigade
Elements of Joint Civil Military Co-operation (CIMIC) Group
Elements of 90 Signals Unit Royal Air Force
904 Expeditionary Air Wing Royal Air Force
Elements of 1 Air Control Centre Royal Air Force
15 Regiment Field Squadron Royal Air Force
7 Force Protection Wing Headquarters Royal Air Force
Elements of:
18 Squadron Royal Air Force
24 Squadron Royal Air Force
27 Squadron Royal Air Force
30 Squadron Royal Air Force
47 Squadron Royal Air Force
70 Squadron Royal Air Force
Elements of 1 Air Movements Wing Royal Air Force
Elements of 85 (Expeditionary Logistic) Wing Headquarters, Royal Air Force
Elements of 2 Motor Transport Squadron, Royal Air Force
Elements of 5001 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Elements of Mobile Catering Support Unit
Elements of Tactical Medical Wing
Elements of Tactical Armament Squadron
Elements of Tactical Imagery Intelligence Wing
Elements of 151 Transport Regiment (Volunteers) The Royal Logistic Corps

The bulk of these units represent direct replacements for the Afghanistan deployments I announced to the House on 1 February 2007,Official Report, columns 19-20WS, and 26 February 2007, Official Report, columns 619-635. The House will be aware, however, that all military operations are subject to regular review. As a result, I have therefore agreed to deploy an additional troop of the highly regarded VIKING Protected Mobility Vehicles, manned by Royal Marines and the Queen's Royal Lancers, to enhance further the Task Force Helmand's ability to manoeuvre. In addition, from 1 August 2007 to 31 July 2008 the UK will act as Principal Co-ordinating Nation for NATO's management of Kandahar airfield. I am also considering options to enhance our support for the Afghan National Security Forces In consequence the total UK commitment in Afghanistan is likely to be around 7,800 by the end of this year.

Volunteer and Regular members of the reserve forces will continue to deploy to Afghanistan as part of this integrated force package, and we expect to have eventually issued in the order of 750 call-out notices to fill over 600 posts

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