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11 Light Brigade to replace 19 Light Brigade in Afghanistan

A Defence Policy and Business news article

15 Jul 09

11 Light Brigade will replace 19 Light Brigade in October 2009 as the lead formation of UK forces in Afghanistan the Secretary of State for Defence Bob Ainsworth has announced today, Wednesday 15 July 2009.

Members of C Squadron The Household Cavalry in a Spartan Command Vehicle

Members of C Squadron The Household Cavalry in a Spartan Command Vehicle on a reconnaissance Patrol around Hadjji Bowreh in Helmand Province, Afghanistan
[Picture: Cpl Steven Peacock, Crown Copyright/MOD 2008]

11 Light Brigade will command the majority of British units serving in Afghanistan. Their deployment is expected to last until April 2010.

While 11 Light Brigade has been specifically formed for Operation HERRICK 11 with all the force elements coming from other formations across the field army, as an entity the units that make up 11 Light Brigade have been preparing together for their Afghanistan deployment for some time.

Volunteer and regular members of the reserve forces will continue to deploy to Afghanistan as part of our integrated force package, and the MOD expects to issue around 710 call-out notices to fill some 650 posts.

On completion of their mobilization 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 21 members of the sponsored reserves to be in theatre at any one time.

Following 11 Light Brigade's six month deployment it is planned that 4 Mechanized Brigade will take over in Afghanistan.

The force elements deploying in October 2009 include:

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