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 Operation Herrick since it began in 2002.

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

January 2007-May 2007: 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

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 3,000, Task Force Helmand, would be deployed to Helmand Province.

Current Deployment[edit]

Previous Deployments[edit]

Operation Herrick IV[edit]

May – November 2006[2]

Operation Herrick V[edit]

November 2006 - April 2007[3]

The 2nd battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

Operation Herrick VI[edit]

April – October 2007[5]

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[7][8]

Operation Herrick VIII[edit]

April – October 2008[9]

*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[10]

Operation Herrick X[edit]

April – October 2009[11]

*Elements of the Theatre Reserve Battalion, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers were deployed in support of 19 Light Brigade and 11 Light Brigade

Operation Herrick XI[edit]

October 2009 - April 2010[12][13]

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[14]

Operation Herrick XIII[edit]

October 2010 - April 2011[15]

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

Operation Herrick XIV[edit]

April – October 2011[16][17]

Operation Herrick XV[edit]

October 2011 - April 2012[19][20]

Operation Herrick XVI[edit]

April - October 2012[21]

Operation Herrick XVII[edit]

October 2012 - April 2013[23]

Operation Herrick XVIII[edit]

April – October 2013[24][25]

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.

Air Forces[edit]

Army Air Corps[edit]

The Army Air Corps operates the AgustaWestland AH Mk 1 Apache and the Westland Lynx in Afghanistan.

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.

Former detachments[edit]

  • Harrier detachment (Joint Force Harrier):[31]
    • 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).

Current detachments[edit]

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.

Former detachments[edit]

  • Harrier detachment (Joint Force Harrier):[31]
    • 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.
  • Westland Sea King's (Joint Helicopter Force (Afghanistan)):
  • Westland Lynx's (Joint Helicopter Force (Afghanistan)):

Current detachments[edit]

The ASaC7 version of the Westland Sea King has been in use in Afghanistan since May 2009.[37]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "3 Para soldiers on their way to Afghanistan". Ministry of Defence. 3 May 2006. Archived from the original on 2 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Handover in Helmand as 3 Cdo Brigade replace 16 Air Assault Brigade". Ministry of Defence. 9 October 2006. 
  4. ^ "Light Dragoons gear up for Afghan deployment". Ministry of Defence. 22 September 2006. 
  5. ^ "12 Mechanized Brigade to replace 3 Commando Brigade". Ministry of Defence. 1 February 2007. Archived from the original on 2 December 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Tour of duty - the troops return". The Daily Telegraph. 26 September 2007. 
  7. ^ "52 Infantry Brigade to replace 12 Mechanized Brigade in Afghanistan". Ministry of Defence. 19 July 2007. Archived from the original on 2 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "19 July 2007". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) (House of Commons). 
  9. ^ "16 Air Assault Brigade to replace 52 Infantry Brigade". Ministry of Defence. 6 February 2008. Archived from the original on 2 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "3 Commando Brigade to replace 16 Air Assault in Afghanistan". Ministry of Defence. 8 July 2008. Archived from the original on 2 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ "11 Light Brigade to replace 19 Light Brigade in Afghanistan". Ministry of Defence. 15 July 2009. Archived from the original on 2 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "15 July 2009". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) (House of Commons). col. 79–82. 
  14. ^ "4th Mechanized Brigade to replace 11 Light Brigade in Helmand". Ministry of Defence. 21 January 2010. Archived from the original on 23 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "16 Air Assault Brigade to replace 4th Mechanized Brigade in Helmand". Ministry of Defence. 14 July 2010. 
  16. ^ "3 Commando Brigade Take Command Of Task Force Helmand". Ministry of Defence. 11 April 2011. 
  17. ^ "3 Commando Brigade to replace 16 Air Assault Brigade in Helmand". Ministry of Defence. 17 December 2010. 
  18. ^ "First HERRICK 14 unit leaves Afghanistan". Ministry of Defence. 30 August 2011. 
  19. ^ "20th Armoured Brigade takes command of Task Force Helmand". Ministry of Defence. 10 October 2011. 
  20. ^ "20th Armoured Brigade to replace 3 Commando Brigade in Helmand". Ministry of Defence. 13 July 2011. 
  21. ^ "12th Mechanized Brigade to replace 20th Armoured Brigade in Helmand". Ministry of Defence. 9 February 2012. 
  22. ^ 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. 
  23. ^ "4th Mechanized Brigade to replace 12th Mechanized Brigade in Helmand". Ministry of Defence. 11 July 2012. 
  24. ^ "1st Mechanized Brigade takes over in Helmand". Ministry of Defence. 10 April 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  25. ^ "Units to deploy as part of Herrick 18 announced". Ministry of Defence. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  26. ^ a b "Wattisham Army Air Corps regiments in Afghanistan". BBC. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  27. ^ a b c d e f "Army Air Corps soldiers honoured". British Army. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  28. ^ "Sailors help give the Army’s Apaches wings in Afghanistan". Royal Navy. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  29. ^ "UK's Prince Harry deployed to Afghanistan". CNN. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  30. ^ "Wattisham: Christmas party held for the families of soldiers due to fly to Afghanistan". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
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  35. ^ a b "Navy Sea Kings complete Afghanistan mission". MoD. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  36. ^ "847 Lynx fliers complete final Afghan duty". Royal Navy. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  37. ^ "Sea Kings help seize massive drugs and explosive hauls". Royal Navy. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
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