Operation Telic order of battle

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This is the Operation Telic order of battle, which lists the British forces that took part in Operation Telic, including

The Invasion (Operation TELIC I)[edit]

From January 2003 to 11 July 2003:[1]

Maritime forces[edit]

Support vessels of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Air forces[edit]

27 helicopters were also sent to the area, a mixture of Pumas, Chinooks and Merlins, although the breakdown of types within that number is yet to be determined. Beyond the Hercules aircraft that were based in theatre, virtually the whole of the rest of the Hercules fleet, the C-17 fleet, and those Tristars and VC10s that had remained based in the UK were involved in transport operations to and from the Persian Gulf.

Ground forces[edit]

Joint assets[edit]

Notes[edit]

It should be noted that when a battalion is referred to as a battlegroup, it is not purely made up of units from the parent unit, but is an integrated team, combining armoured units with tanks, and mechanised infantry with infantry fighting vehicles.

Also, whilst 16 Air Assault Brigade is apparently the only fighting brigade listed with its own organic helicopter support in this order of battle, 3 Commando Brigade had the helicopters on board Ocean and Ark Royal to call upon, and 7 Armoured Brigade wasn't really air mobile as a formation. There were also the RAF Pumas and Chinooks mentioned above for transport purposes.

Special Forces elements of the British Army (Special Air Service) and Royal Marines (Special Boat Service) were also deployed but as the British government policy is not to comment on special forces activity, the exact details or elements deployed are officially unconfirmed.

The contribution of reservists to the deployment (some 9,500 of the 46,000 personnel involved in the warfighting phase and its immediate aftermath, the vast majority from the Territorial Army, and in significant number in the subsequent roulements) is understated by the order of battle, as the only units to deploy in their entirety were 202 Field Hospital (with augmentees from the other TAVR Field Hospitals), 131 Independent Commando Squadron of the Royal Engineers as well as A (Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry) Squadron and W (Westminster Dragoons) Squadron of the Royal Yeomanry. The remainder were augmentees, called up individually from their units (which therefore do not feature in the order of battle) and employed to bring many of the units listed above up to their war-fighting strength.

Finally, 3 Commando Brigade had a United States Marine Corps unit, 15th MEU under its command in the initial stages of the war. This went back to American command around 25 March.

Roulements[edit]

1st Armoured Division remained in theatre, controlling UK ground forces until June 2003, when 3rd Mechanised Division's HQ arrived in theatre to take command of British forces. From December 2003 a series of composite HQs were established.

1st Roulement (Operation TELIC II)[edit]

From 11 July 2003 to 4 November 2003:[1]

  • Senior British Military Representative and Deputy Commanding General, Multinational Force, Iraq: Major-General Freddie Viggers (July 2003 to September 2003)[2]
  • Senior British Military Representative and Deputy Commanding General, Multinational Force, Iraq: Major-General Andrew Figgures (September 2003 to November 2003)[2]
  • GOC 3rd (UK) Mechanised Division: Major General Graeme Lamb (July 2003 to November 2003)[1]
  • National Support Element
    • 101 Logistic Brigade
      • 101 Logistics Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron
      • 27 Transport Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps
      • 9 Supply Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps
      • 168 Pioneer Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps
      • 4 Regiment, Royal Military Police
      • 33 Field Hospital
      • Elements from 17 Port and Maritime Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps
      • Elements from 29 Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps
      • Elements from 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps
      • Elements from 1 Postal & Courier Service Group
      • 15 Field Support Squadron Royal Engineers Op Telic 2 & 3
  • Maritime Contribution
    • HMS Richmond (to July 2003)
    • HMS Sutherland (July 2003-October 2003)
    • HMS Norfolk (October 2003-March 2004)
    • HMS Kent
    • RFA Diligence
    • RFA Brambleleaf

2nd Roulement (Operation TELIC III)[edit]

From: 4 November 2003 to 25 April 2004:[1]

3rd Roulement (Operation TELIC IV)[edit]

From 25 April 2004 to 1 November 2004:[1]

  • Senior British Military Representative and Deputy Commanding General, Multinational Force, Iraq: Lieutenant-General John McColl (April 2004 to October 2004)[2]
  • Senior British Military Representative and Deputy Commanding General, Multinational Force, Iraq: Lieutenant-General John Kiszely (October 2004 to November 2004)[2]
  • GOC Multi-National Division (South-East): Major General Andrew Stewart (April 2004 to July 2004)[1]
  • GOC Multi-National Division (South-East): Major General Bill Rollo (July 2004 to November 2004)[1]
  • National Support Element
    • 8 Transport Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps
    • 207 (V) Field Hospital relieved in 2004
    • UK Medical Group
      • 256 (City of London) Field Hospital (V)
      • Close Support Squadron, Royal Army Medical
    • Phoenix Battery, 32 Regiment, Royal Artillery Corps
    • Elements of 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal)
    • Elements of 1 Regiment, Military Police
    • Elements of 6 Supply Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps
    • Elements of 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps
    • Elements of 24 Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps
    • Elements of 29 Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps
    • Elements of 1 General Support Medical Regiment, Royal Army Medical Corps
    • Elements of 104 (V) Regiment, Royal Artillery
    • Elements of 6 Battalion, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
  • Maritime contribution

4th Roulement (Operation TELIC V)[edit]

From 1 November 2004 to 30 April 2005:[1]

5th Roulement (Operation TELIC VI)[edit]

From 30 April 2005 to 31 October 2005:[4]

6th Roulement (Operation TELIC VII)[edit]

From 1 November 2005 to 9 May 2006:[4]

7th Roulement (Operation TELIC VIII)[edit]

From 10 May 2006 to 14 November 2006:[4]

8th Roulement (Operation TELIC IX)[edit]

From 14 November 2006[4] to June 2007:[7]

9th Roulement (Operation TELIC X)[edit]

From June 2007[7] to December 2007:[8]

  • Senior British Military Representative and Deputy Commanding General, Multinational Force, Iraq: Lieutenant-General Graeme Lamb (June 2007 to July 2007)[2]
  • Senior British Military Representative and Deputy Commanding General, Multinational Force, Iraq: Lieutenant-General Bill Rollo (July 2007 to December 2007)[2]
  • GOC Multi-National Division (South-East): Major General Jonathan Shaw (June 2007 to August 2007)[2]
  • GOC Multi-National Division (South-East): Major General Graham Binns (August 2007 to December 2007)[2]

Land component

Sea component

Air component

10th Roulement (Operation TELIC XI)[edit]

From December 2007[8] to June 2008:[10][11]

2nd Battalion Royal Welsh I

11th Roulement (Operation TELIC XII)[edit]

From June 2008[10] to December 2008:[12]

12th Roulement (Operation TELIC XIII)[edit]

From December 2008[12] to 30 April 2009:[13][14]

Aerial Assets[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]