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British Forces deployment in Afghanistan

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As of 2014 UK troops will end combat ops and start to leave Afghanistan, closing down or handing over bases to Afghan forces. A small number of soldiers remained continuing training and development of the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police.

At its peak there were 137 UK bases and around 9,500 UK troops. On 9 August 2013 mil. hq of the UK’s Task Force moved from Lashkar Gah to Camp Bastion. The total number of UK Armed Forces personnel in Afghanistan reduced from 9,000 at the start of 2013, to appx. 5,200 at the start of 2014.

UK forces have been deployed to Afghanistan in support of the UN-authorised, NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission and as part of the US-led Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Since 2003 until the end of 2014 UK ops in Afghanistan have been conducted under the name Operation Herrick. The forces deployed included elements of these Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and Royal Air Force units:

•Elements of 20th Armoured Bde Hq; Hq 102 Logistic Bde
•854 Naval Air Sqn; Elements of 845 Naval Air Sqn
• 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards; Elements of the Queen’s Royal Hussars
•Elements of 5th Regt Royal Artillery; 26th Regt Royal Artillery; Elements of 39th and 47th Regt Royal Artillery
•Elements of 33 Engineer Regt (EOD); Elements of 35 and 42 Engineer Regt; 64 Works Group Royal Engineers
• 1st (UK) Armoured Div Hq and Signal Regt
•Elements of 10th Signal Regt; Elements of 14th Signal Regt (EW); Elements of 15th and 30th Signal Regt
•Elements of 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regt
• 2nd and 5th Battalion The Rifles
•Elements of 3 Regt Army Air Corps
• 1 Logistic Support Regt Royal Logistic Corps; Elements of 6 and 7 Regt RLC
•Elements of 11 EOD Regt RLC; Elements of 13 Air Assault Support Regt RLC; Elements of 29 Regt RLC
•1 Medical Regt; 34 Field Hospital
•3 Close Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers; Elements of 102 Battalion REME
•Elements of 1st Regt Royal Military Police; Elements of Special Investigation Branch RMP; Elements of Close Protection Unit RMP
•Elements of the Military Provost Staff; Elements of 1st Military Working Dog Regt
•Elements of 1, 2 and 4 Military Intelligence Battalion
•Elements of 7th Battalion The Rifles
•Elements of 150 (Yorkshire) Transport Regt RLC; Elements of 159 Supply Regt RLC
•2 Operational Support Group RLC; Elements of Hq Expeditionary Forces Institute and 148 EFI Sqn RLC
• Royal Air Force 31 Sqn, IX (Bomber) Sqn, No 7 Royal Air Force Protection Wing Hq, No 15 and 34 Sqn RAF Regt, No 2 Tactical Police Sqn, RAF
• No 609 Sqn RAUXAF
•Elements of 30 and 47 Sqn, Elements of 5 (Army Cooperation) Sqn, Elements of 32 (The Royal) Sqn,
•Elements of 13, 101, 39, 27, 10, 18 (B), 51, 99 and of 33 (Engineering) Sqn.
•Elements of 90 Signals Unit, RAF
•Elements of 1 Air Mobility Wing, 2 Mechanical Transport Sqn, 93 (Expeditionary Armament) Sqn,
•Elements of Tactical Imagery-Intelligence Wing, Tactical Medical Wing and Tactical Supply Wing,
•Elements of Airport of Embarkation Wing, Base Suppt Wing, Engineering and Log Wing, Forward Engineering Wing and Opns Wing, all RAF Brize Norton
•Elements of Tornado Engineering Flt, RAF Marham
•Elements of Engineering Log Wing, Joint Helicopter Support Sqn, both RAF Odiham
•Elements of Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit Northallerton, MoD HU Frimley Park, MoD HU Peterborough and MoD HU Portsmouth
•Elements of Royal Centre for Defence Medicine

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