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16 Air Assault Brigade to replace 52 Infantry Brigade

6 Feb 08

Defence Secretary Des Browne has announced plans for 16 Air Assault Brigade to replace 52 Infantry Brigade on the next roulement of UK forces to Afghanistan in April 2008.

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16 Air Assault Brigade Medics dismount from an RAF Chinook during an Exercise
[Picture: Cpl Chris Hargreaves RLC]

Plans were also annnounced today, 6 February 2008, for the replacement in Afghanistan of 16 Air Assault Brigade, in October 2008, by 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines.

As the lead formation deploying in April 2008, 16 Air Assault Brigade will provide the majority of the units serving in Afghanistan, the bulk of which represent direct replacements for previously announced deployments to Afghanistan. Overall force levels will be broadly unchanged.

The forces deploying include: