UK — 12th Mechanized Brigade to replace 20th Armoured Brigade in Helmand (updated)

12th Mech­a­nized Brigade will replace 20th Armoured Brigade in April 2012 as the lead for­ma­tion of British troops in Hel­mand province, Defence Sec­re­tary Philip Ham­mond announced on Tues­day 7 Feb­ru­ary 2012.

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Sol­dier from 12 Mech­a­nized Brigade tak­ing part in a train­ing exer­cise (stock image) [Pic­ture: Cor­po­ral Paul Mor­ri­son LBIPP, Crown Copyright/MOD]
Source: Min­istry of Defence, UK
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The cur­rent num­ber of 9,500 British troops in Afghanistan will be main­tained with the next roule­ment of troops tak­ing place in April 2012.

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 300 call-out notices.

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 six mem­bers of the spon­sored reserves to be in the­atre at any one time.

The units deploy­ing include:

  • 12th Mech­a­nized Brigade Head­quar­ters and Sig­nal Squadron (228)
  • Ele­ments of 19th Light Brigade Head­quar­ters
  • Head­quar­ters 102 Logis­tic Brigade
  • 857 Naval Air Squadron
  • The King’s Roy­al Hus­sars
  • The Light Dra­goons
  • Ele­ments of 1st Roy­al Tank Reg­i­ment
  • Ele­ments of The Roy­al Wes­sex Yeo­man­ry
  • 19th Reg­i­ment Roy­al Artillery
  • Ele­ments of 5th Reg­i­ment Roy­al Artillery
  • Ele­ments of 12th Reg­i­ment Roy­al Artillery
  • Ele­ments of 16th Reg­i­ment Roy­al Artillery
  • Ele­ments of 32nd Reg­i­ment Roy­al Artillery
  • Ele­ments of 39th Reg­i­ment Roy­al Artillery
  • Ele­ments of 40th Reg­i­ment Roy­al Artillery
  • 26 Engi­neer Reg­i­ment
  • Ele­ments of The Roy­al Mon­mouthshire Roy­al Engi­neers (Mili­tia)
  • Ele­ments of 21 Engi­neer Reg­i­ment
  • Ele­ments of 33 Engi­neer Reg­i­ment (Explo­sive Ord­nance Dis­pos­al)
  • Ele­ments of 36 Engi­neer Reg­i­ment (Search)
  • Ele­ments of 38 Engi­neer Reg­i­ment
  • Ele­ments of 42 Engi­neer Reg­i­ment (Geo­graph­i­cal)
  • Ele­ments of The Mil­i­tary Sta­bil­i­sa­tion Sup­port Group
  • Ele­ments of 170 (Infra­struc­ture Sup­port) Engi­neer Group
  • 16th Sig­nal Reg­i­ment
  • Ele­ments of 10th Sig­nal Reg­i­ment
  • Ele­ments of 14th Sig­nal Reg­i­ment (Elec­tron­ic War­fare)
  • Ele­ments of 21st Sig­nal Reg­i­ment (Air Sup­port)
  • 1st Bat­tal­ion The Grenadier Guards
  • 1st Bat­tal­ion The Welsh Guards
  • 1st Bat­tal­ion The Roy­al Anglian Reg­i­ment
  • 3rd Bat­tal­ion The York­shire Reg­i­ment
  • 1st Bat­tal­ion The Roy­al Welsh
  • 3rd Bat­tal­ion The Rifles
  • Ele­ments of The Lon­don Reg­i­ment
  • Ele­ments of 3rd Bat­tal­ion The Roy­al Anglian Reg­i­ment
  • Ele­ments of 4th Bat­tal­ion The York­shire Reg­i­ment
  • Ele­ments of 3rd Bat­tal­ion The Roy­al Welsh
  • Ele­ments of 6th Bat­tal­ion The Rifles
  • Ele­ments of 3 Reg­i­ment Army Air Corps
  • Ele­ments of 4 Reg­i­ment Army Air Corps
  • Ele­ments of 6 Reg­i­ment Army Air Corps
  • Ele­ments of 9 Reg­i­ment Army Air Corps
  • Ele­ments of Joint Heli­copter Sup­port Squadron
  • Ele­ments of Allied Rapid Reac­tion CorpsSup­port Bat­tal­ion
  • 4 Logis­tic Sup­port Reg­i­ment, The Roy­al Logis­tic Corps
  • 10 The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logis­tic Reg­i­ment
  • Ele­ments of 9 Reg­i­ment, The Roy­al Logis­tic Corps
  • Ele­ments of 11 Explo­sive Ord­nance Dis­pos­al Reg­i­ment, The Roy­al Logis­tic Corps
  • Ele­ments of 17 Port and Mar­itime Reg­i­ment, The Roy­al Logis­tic Corps
  • Ele­ments of 23 Pio­neer Reg­i­ment, The Roy­al Logis­tic Corps
  • Ele­ments of 24 Reg­i­ment, The Roy­al Logis­tic Corps
  • Ele­ments of 27 Reg­i­ment, The Roy­al Logis­tic Corps
  • Ele­ments of 29 Reg­i­ment, The Roy­al Logis­tic Corps
  • Ele­ments of 88 Postal and Couri­er Reg­i­ment (Vol­un­teers), The Roy­al Logis­tic Corps
  • Ele­ments of 148 Expe­di­tionary Force Insti­tute Squadron (Vol­un­teers), The Roy­al Logis­tic Corps
  • Ele­ments of 152 Trans­port Reg­i­ment (Vol­un­teers), The Roy­al Logis­tic Corps
  • Ele­ments of 159 Sup­ply Reg­i­ment (Vol­un­teers), The Roy­al Logis­tic Corps
  • Ele­ments of 162 Move­ment Con­trol Reg­i­ment (Vol­un­teers), The Roy­al Logis­tic Corps
  • Ele­ments of 166 Sup­ply Reg­i­ment (Vol­un­teers), The Roy­al Logis­tic Corps
  • Ele­ments of 151 Trans­port Reg­i­ment (Vol­un­teers), The Roy­al Logis­tic Corps
  • Ele­ments of the Cater­ing Sup­port Reg­i­ment (Vol­un­teers), The Roy­al Logis­tic Corps
  • Ele­ments of the Oper­a­tional Head­quar­ters Sup­port Group (Vol­un­teers), The Roy­al Logis­tic Corps
  • 4 Med­ical Reg­i­ment
  • 22nd Field Hos­pi­tal
  • Ele­ments of 254 Med­ical Reg­i­ment (Vol­un­teers)
  • 4th Close Sup­port Bat­tal­ion Roy­al Elec­tri­cal and Mechan­i­cal Engi­neers
  • Ele­ments of 104 Force Sup­port Bat­tal­ion Roy­al Elec­tri­cal and Mechan­i­cal Engi­neers
  • 174 Provost Com­pa­ny Roy­al Mil­i­tary Police
  • Ele­ments of 160 Provost Com­pa­ny Roy­al Mil­i­tary Police
  • Ele­ments of Spe­cial Inves­ti­ga­tions Branch Unit­ed King­dom
  • Ele­ments of The Mil­i­tary Provost Staff
  • Ele­ments of 1st Mil­i­tary Work­ing Dog Reg­i­ment
  • Ele­ments of 1st Mil­i­tary Intel­li­gence Bat­tal­ion
  • Ele­ments of 2nd Mil­i­tary Intel­li­gence Bat­tal­ion
  • Ele­ments of 3rd Mil­i­tary Intel­li­gence Bat­tal­ion
  • Ele­ments of 4th Mil­i­tary Intel­li­gence Bat­tal­ion
  • Ele­ments of 5th Mil­i­tary Intel­li­gence Bat­tal­ion
  • Ele­ments of The Defence Cul­tur­al Spe­cial­ist Unit
  • Ele­ments of 15 Psy­cho­log­i­cal Oper­a­tions Group
  • 604 Tac­ti­cal Air Con­trol Par­ty
  • 614 Tac­ti­cal Air Con­trol Par­ty
  • 621 Tac­ti­cal Air Con­trol Par­ty
  • 632 Tac­ti­cal Air Con­trol Par­ty
  • II (Army Coop­er­a­tion) Squadron, Roy­al Air Force
  • Ele­ments of 24 Squadron, Roy­al Air Force
  • Ele­ments of 30 Squadron, Roy­al Air Force
  • 12 (Bomber) Squadron, Roy­al Air Force
  • Ele­ments of 5 (Army Coop­er­a­tion) Squadron, Roy­al Air Force
  • Ele­ments of 32 Squadron, Roy­al Air Force
  • Ele­ments of 28 Squadron, Roy­al Air Force
  • Ele­ments of 216 Squadron, Roy­al Air Force
  • Ele­ments of 101 Squadron, Roy­al Air Force
  • Ele­ments of 39 Squadron, Roy­al Air Force
  • Ele­ments of 27 Squadron, Roy­al Air Force
  • Ele­ments of 18 Squadron, Roy­al Air Force
  • 617 Squadron, Roy­al Air Force
  • Ele­ments of 99 Squadron, Roy­al Air Force
  • Ele­ments of 78 Squadron, Roy­al Air Force
  • Num­ber 5 Roy­al Air Force, Force Pro­tec­tion Wing Head­quar­ters
  • Ele­ments of Num­ber 2 Roy­al Air Force Police Wing
  • Ele­ments of Num­ber 3 Roy­al Air Force Police Wing
  • 51 Squadron, Roy­al Air Force Reg­i­ment
  • Ele­ments of the Tac­ti­cal Sup­ply Wing, Roy­al Air Force
  • Ele­ments of 1 Air Mobil­i­ty Wing, Roy­al Air Force
  • Ele­ments of 1 Air Con­trol Cen­tre, Roy­al Air Force
  • Ele­ments of 90 Sig­nals Unit, Roy­al Air Force
  • Ele­ments of 2 (Mechan­i­cal Trans­port) Squadron, Roy­al Air Force
  • Ele­ments of 5001 Squadron, Roy­al Air Force
  • Ele­ments of 3 Mobile Cater­ing Squadron
  • Ele­ments of Tac­ti­cal Med­ical Wing
  • Ele­ments of 1 (Expe­di­tionary Logis­tics) Squadron
  • Ele­ments of 93 (Expe­di­tionary Arma­ments) Squadron
  • Ele­ments of Tac­ti­cal Imagery-Intel­li­gence Wing
  • Ele­ments of 5131 (Bomb Dis­pos­al) Squadron

Press release
Min­istry of Defence, UK

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