Operation Herrick order of battle

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This is the Operation Herrick order of battle, which lists the British forces that have taken part in the duration of Operation Herrick between 2002 and 2014

Ground Forces[edit]

Kabul[edit]

Operation Herrick began in 2002 on the end of Operation Fingal, which saw Britain hand command of the ISAF force to Turkey. At that point, the deployment was scaled back from 2,100 to approximately 300, primarily concerned with security in Kabul, and manning the UK Afghan National Army Training Team (UKANATT).

In 2003, the deployment in Kabul was expanded to battalion size when two Provincial Reconstruction Teams were established, along with a rapid reaction force, based around a light role infantry battalion, the Afghanistan Roulement Infantry Battalion (ARIB).

ARIB Deployments[citation needed]


Helmand[edit]

In January 2006, the Government announced that, due to the worsening situation in the south of Afghanistan, a brigade sized formation numbering approximately 3,300, Task Force Helmand, would be deployed to Helmand Province.[1]

Deployments[edit]

Operation Herrick IV[edit]

May – November 2006:[1]

Operation Herrick V[edit]

November 2006 - April 2007:[2]


Operation Herrick VI[edit]

April – October 2007:[4]

In February 2007, it was announced that an additional 1,400 troops would be deployed to Afghanistan, primarily formed as a battlegroup around a light infantry battalion, the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh (Royal Welch Fusiliers).
*Renamed as 2nd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) 01/09/07

Operation Herrick VII[edit]

October 2007 - April 2008:[6][7]

Operation Herrick VIII[edit]

April – October 2008:[8]

*Elements of the Theatre Reserve Battalion, 2nd Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (Queen's and Royal Hampshires) were deployed in support of both 16 Air Assault Brigade and 3 Commando Brigade

Operation Herrick IX[edit]

October 2008 - April 2009:[9]

Operation Herrick X[edit]

April – October 2009:[10]


Operation Herrick XI[edit]

October 2009 - April 2010:[11][12]

In October 2009, the total force was increased to 9,000 personnel with the addition of several other units:

Operation Herrick XII[edit]

April - October 2010:[13]

Operation Herrick XIII[edit]

October 2010 - April 2011:[14]

207 (Manchester) Field Hospital-212 (Sheffield)Field Hospital

Operation Herrick XIV[edit]

April – October 2011:[15][16]

Operation Herrick XV[edit]

October 2011 - April 2012:[18][19]

Operation Herrick XVI[edit]

April - October 2012:[20]

Operation Herrick XVII[edit]

October 2012 - April 2013:[22]

Operation Herrick XVIII[edit]

April – October 2013:[23][24]

Operation Herrick XIX[edit]

October 2013 - June 2014:[25]

Operation Herrick XX[edit]

June 2014 - December 2014:[26]

Logistic Support[edit]

Supporting the UK force is HQ Joint Force Support (Afghanistan)(JFSp(A)). This 1* headquarters has commands the Theatre Logistics Group, Theatre Provost Group, Theatre Medical Group and Theatre Equipment Support Group. It also includes elements of the Engineer Group, coordinated by the Joint Force Engineer.[citation needed] These force elements are split between Kandahar Airfield and Camp Bastion. JFSp(A) is a joint command and currently the HQ is made up of 101 Logistic Brigade staff and augmentees.

Aerial Assets[edit]

Army Air Corps[edit]

The Army Air Corps operated the AgustaWestland AH.1 Apache and the Westland Lynx AH.9/9A in Afghanistan.

AgustaWestland AH.1 Apache - 3 Regiment: (Jan 11 - Jan 12, Sept 12 - unknown)[27]

Sqn Rotation Rotation Rotation Rotation Rotation
653 Dec 09 - May 10[28] Sept 11 - Jan 12[29] Jun - Nov 13[30]
662 Sept 07 - Jan 08 May 09 - Sept 09 Jan 11 - Apr 11 Sept 12 - Jan 13[31] Sept 14 - Dec 14
663 Jan 08 - May 08 Sept 09 - Jan 10 Apr 11 - Sept 11

AgustaWestland AH.1 Apache - 4 Regiment: 654 & 664 (May 10 - Jan 11)[32]

The regiment was the first Apache regiment in Afghanistan from 2006 and the regiment's role in Afghanistan ended during April 2014.[33]

Sqn Rotation Rotation Rotation Rotation Rotation Rotation Rotation
654 Sept 08 - Jan 09 Sept 10 - Jan 11 Jan 12 - May 12[34] Sept 13 - Jan 14[35]
656 May 06 - Sept 06 Jan 07 - May 07 Jan 09 - May 09
664 Sept 06 - Jan 07 May 07 - Sept 07 May 08 - Sept 08 May 10 - Sept 10 May 12 - Sept 12[34] Jan 13 - May 13 Jan 14 - Sept 14.[36]

Westland Lynx - 1 Regiment: (Mar 09 - Mar 12 & Sept 12 - Sept 13)

Sqn Rotation Rotation Rotation Rotation Rotation Rotation Rotation
652
661 May 13 - Sept 13[37]

Westland Lynx - 9 Regiment: (May 07 - Sept 08, Sept 09 - May 11, Sept 11 - Sept 12 & May 13 - May 14)

Sqn Rotation Rotation Rotation Rotation Rotation Rotation Rotation
659 During September 10
669
672 May 2010 - unknown

Royal Air Force[edit]

The air component of British forces assigned to Operation Herrick is based at Kandahar Airfield and comes under the overall command of 904 Expeditionary Air Wing. In August 2004, Britain announced that 6 Royal Air Force Harrier GR7 jets from No. 3 Squadron would deploy to Afghanistan, marking the first time RAF ground-attack jets have been deployed to the country. They fully arrived in September.

  • Harrier detachment (Joint Force Harrier):[38]
    • No. 3 Squadron RAF from September until December 2004.
    • No. 1 Squadron RAF from December 2004 until April 2005.
    • No. 4 Squadron RAF from April until July 2005.
    • 3 Sqn from July until October 2005.
    • 4 Sqn from October until December 2005.
    • 1 Sqn from December 2005 until May 2006.
    • 4 Sqn from May until September 2006.
    • 1 Sqn from January 2007 until June.
    • 4 Sqn from June until October 2007.
    • 4 Sqn from February 2008 until April.
    • 1 Sqn from April until August 2008.
    • 4 Sqn from December 2008 until April 2009.
    • 1 Sqn from April until June 2009 (Last British Harrier Squadron in Afghanistan).

Also under the command of 904 EAW are a number of ground based units of both the Army and RAF:

Fleet Air Arm[edit]

Elements of the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm squadrons regularly rotate with each tour.

  • Harrier detachment (Joint Force Harrier):[38]
    • 800 Naval Air Squadron from September 2006 until January 2007.
    • Naval Strike Wing from October 2007 until February 2008.
    • Naval Strike Wing from August 2008 until December 2008.

The ASaC7 version of the Westland Sea King has been in use in Afghanistan since May 2009.[48]

  • Westland Lynx's (Joint Helicopter Force (Afghanistan)):

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b "3 Para soldiers on their way to Afghanistan". Ministry of Defence. 3 May 2006. Archived from the original on 2 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Handover in Helmand as 3 Cdo Brigade replace 16 Air Assault Brigade". Ministry of Defence. 9 October 2006. 
  3. ^ "Light Dragoons gear up for Afghan deployment". Ministry of Defence. 22 September 2006. 
  4. ^ "12 Mechanized Brigade to replace 3 Commando Brigade". Ministry of Defence. 1 February 2007. Archived from the original on 2 December 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Tour of duty - the troops return". The Daily Telegraph. 26 September 2007. 
  6. ^ "52 Infantry Brigade to replace 12 Mechanized Brigade in Afghanistan". Ministry of Defence. 19 July 2007. Archived from the original on 2 December 2012. 
  7. ^ http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200607/ldhansrd/text/70719-wms0001.htm |chapter-url= missing title (help). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 19 July 2007. 
  8. ^ "16 Air Assault Brigade to replace 52 Infantry Brigade". Ministry of Defence. 6 February 2008. Archived from the original on 2 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "3 Commando Brigade to replace 16 Air Assault in Afghanistan". Ministry of Defence. 8 July 2008. Archived from the original on 2 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "19 Light Brigade to replace 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines, in Afghanistan". Ministry of Defence. 16 December 2008. Archived from the original on 2 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "11 Light Brigade to replace 19 Light Brigade in Afghanistan". Ministry of Defence. 15 July 2009. Archived from the original on 2 December 2012. 
  12. ^ http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200809/ldhansrd/text/90715-wms0001.htm |chapter-url= missing title (help). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 15 July 2009. col. 79–82. 
  13. ^ "4th Mechanized Brigade to replace 11 Light Brigade in Helmand". Ministry of Defence. 21 January 2010. Archived from the original on 23 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "16 Air Assault Brigade to replace 4th Mechanized Brigade in Helmand". Ministry of Defence. 14 July 2010. 
  15. ^ "3 Commando Brigade Take Command Of Task Force Helmand". Ministry of Defence. 11 April 2011. 
  16. ^ "3 Commando Brigade to replace 16 Air Assault Brigade in Helmand". Ministry of Defence. 17 December 2010. 
  17. ^ "First HERRICK 14 unit leaves Afghanistan". Ministry of Defence. 30 August 2011. 
  18. ^ "20th Armoured Brigade takes command of Task Force Helmand". Ministry of Defence. 10 October 2011. 
  19. ^ "20th Armoured Brigade to replace 3 Commando Brigade in Helmand". Ministry of Defence. 13 July 2011. 
  20. ^ "12th Mechanised Brigade to replace 20th Armoured Brigade in Helmand". Ministry of Defence. 9 February 2012. 
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "RC – Southwest - Task Force Helmand". International Security Assistance Force(ISAF). 19 April 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  22. ^ "4th Mechanized Brigade to replace 12th Mechanized Brigade in Helmand". Ministry of Defence. 11 July 2012. 
  23. ^ "1st Mechanized Brigade takes over in Helmand". Ministry of Defence. 10 April 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  24. ^ "Units to deploy as part of Herrick 18 announced". Ministry of Defence. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  25. ^ "Op Herrick 19 - 7th Armoured Brigade in Helmand". Defence Viewpoints. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  26. ^ "UK forces in theatre (from June 2014)". MoD. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  27. ^ "Army Air Corps soldiers honoured". British Army. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  28. ^ "Wattisham Army Air Corps regiments in Afghanistan". BBC. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  29. ^ "653 Squadron, 3 Regt AAC Operation Herrick 14: A Ground Crew Perspective". The Eagle. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  30. ^ "Sailors help give the Army’s Apaches wings in Afghanistan". Royal Navy. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  31. ^ "UK's Prince Harry deployed to Afghanistan". CNN. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  32. ^ "Prince Charles honours Apache crews". MoD. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  33. ^ "Wattisham: Christmas party held for the families of soldiers due to fly to Afghanistan". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  34. ^ a b "Diamond welcome for troops back from Afghanistan". MoD. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  35. ^ "Corby airtrooper embarks on final training exercise before deployment". Northampton Herald and Post. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  36. ^ "Apache flies 50,000 hours on operations in Afghanistan". MoD. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  37. ^ a b "847 Lynx fliers complete final Afghan duty". Royal Navy. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  38. ^ a b Herrick Harriers. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. 2009. p. 17. 
  39. ^ a b AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. September 2013. p. 27. 
  40. ^ AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. March 2014. p. 27. 
  41. ^ a b AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. July 2014. p. 7. 
  42. ^ "RAF Tornados leave Afghanistan for the last time". MoD. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  43. ^ "RAF Hercules Detachment Leaves Afghanistan". RAF. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  44. ^ March 2008, p. 8.
  45. ^ March 2008, p. 9.
  46. ^ a b "Navy Sea Kings complete Afghanistan mission". MoD. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  47. ^ a b "Latest deployment of UK forces to Afghanistan announced". MoD. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  48. ^ "Sea Kings help seize massive drugs and explosive hauls". Royal Navy. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  49. ^ "Operations in Afghanistan: Chronology of Events". MoD. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  50. ^ AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. October 2014. p. 33. 
  51. ^ "Baggers get back to sea". Royal Navy. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  52. ^ a b "RNAS Yeovilton 847 squadron deployed to Afghanistan". BBC. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 

Bibliography[edit]

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