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12th Mechanized Brigade to replace 20th Armoured Brigade in Helmand

February 9, 2012

Soldier from 12 Mechanized Brigade taking part in a training exercise (stock image) [Picture: Corporal Paul Morrison LBIPP, Crown Copyright/MOD]12th Mechanized Brigade will replace 20th Armoured Brigade in April 2012 as the lead formation of British troops in Helmand province, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced on Tuesday 7 February 2012.

The current number of 9,500 British troops in Afghanistan will be maintained with the next roulement of troops taking place in April 2012.

Volunteer and regular members of the Reserve Forces will continue to deploy to Afghanistan as part of our integrated force package, and we expect to issue around 300 call-out notices.

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

The units deploying include:

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  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    February 9, 2012 22:49

    A rational turnover to assure patrol of country just the complete padronance of situation by Afgan’s forces, to avoid that obtained results may be vanified. A right decision.
    Claudio Alpaca

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