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25 Sep 10. Afghanistan: OP HERRICK. A Corporal from the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers was killed in the Garmsir District when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device on 25 Sep 10. UK deaths since the start of Operations on 7 Oct 01 thus rose to 338, of whom 298 were killed as a result of hostile action. (MoD, 25 Sep 10.)
From 1 Jan 06 to 15 Sep 10, 1,485 personnel were Wounded in Action and 3,786 were aeromedically evacuated. (DASA, 30 Sep 10 – including an adjusted figure for those evacuated.)
A new Combined Force in Northern Nad ‘Ali formed up on 5 Aug 10 and is proving a success. The Force is based on 2nd Bn The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, deployed from Episkopi, and includes an Estonian Rifle Company. (MoD, 27 Sep 10.)
RAF personnel who were involved in safeguarding the recent elections were praised by the Commander-in-Chief Air Command. (RAF website, 30 Sep 10.)
1st Bn Irish Guards has taken over from 1st Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland in partnering an Afghan National Army Brigade. The Irish Guards are part of 16 Air Assault Brigade, which is relieving 4 Mechanized Brigade as the lead formation of Task Force Helmand. (MoD, 30 Sep 10.)
A replica Afghan village has opened at Camp Bastion, to provide a training area as part of the Reception, Staging and Onward Integration (RSOI) training phase for troops arriving in Helmand. (MoD, 1 Oct 10.)
Comment: Lieutenant General Sir Nick Parker KCB CBE completed his year-long deployment as Deputy Commander of NATO and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan. (MoD, 29 Sep 10.) General Parker returns to the UK as Commander-in-Chief Land Forces, on promotion to (four star) General. The previous Commander-in-Chief, General Sir Peter Wall, assumed the appointment of Chief of the General Staff on 15 Sep 10. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 09/38, 04 Oct 10)

06 Oct 10. David Cameron is likely to go ahead with a £5.2bn order for two new aircraft carriers, in spite of defence chiefs recommending that one should be scrapped. The prime minister is expected to spare the second 65,000-tonne carrier, according to senior Whitehall figures, because to cancel the contract would cost more than to build both during the next four years. Such a decision runs counter to Ministry of Defence proposals put to the National Security Council on Thursday, which endorsed maintaining an operational carrier but concluded that the military requirement was satisfied by a single vessel. Mr Cameron had pressed Liam Fox, defence secretary, to recheck costs of the programme after expressing bafflement about one carrier being more expensive than two. The anomaly is caused by a “terms of business agreement” with BAE
Systems that requires substitute work to be provided if the second carrier were to be cancelled. Officials examined fast-tracking production of Type-26 frigates or lightly armed corvettes as an alternative that satisfied contractual obligations and provided the navy with more warships. Defence figures said this was unlikely to be satisfactory. The navy does not want the corvettes – wars

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