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30 Sep 11. Afghanistan: OP HERRICK. From 1 Jan 06 to 15 Sep 11, 1,792 personnel were Wounded in Action and 5,021 were aeromedically evacuated. (DASA, 30 Sep 11.) From 1 to 15 Sep 11 the figures were 11 and 30.
Personnel from 1 Support Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps, have started to deploy in support of 20 Armoured Brigade. (MoD, 26 Sep 11.) [Part of the transition from OP HERRICK 14 to OP HERRICK 15.]
The RAF Aerospace Battle Management Team has personnel working with the US Marine Corps Air Wing in controlling air power above Helmand and Kandahar Provinces. (MoD, 27 Sep 11.)
1st Bn The Yorkshire Regiment is starting a six-month tour [OP HERRICK 15] during which it will be working with the Afghan National Army. The Battalion will be based at forward operating bases across Helmand Province. (MoD, 28 Sep 11.)
“A large number” of Mastiff and Husky Patrol Vehicles were delivered by the end of August 2011, in time for the Relief in Place for OP HERRICK 14/15. (RAF, 28 Sep 11.)
The Afghan Air Force has over 4,000 personnel and nearly 60 aircraft. By 2016, the Air Force is expected to be fully operational with over 8,000 personnel and 140 aircraft. (NATO, 30 Sep 11.)
“Afghan security forces are very much in charge and, you know, we’re getting used to that – them being in charge – and their way is not necessarily going to be the way we would have predicted but we are getting used to that.” (Chief of Joint Operations (CJO), 30 Sep 11.)
Comment: The MoD describes 1 YORKS’ forthcoming tour (above, on 28 Sep 11) as “gruelling”, although how this is known in advance is far from clear. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 11/38, 03 Oct 11)
30 Sep 11. Libya: OP ELLAMY. MoD daily briefings, up to and including 30 Sep 11, confirmed continued strike activity by Tornado GR4 aircraft. As at 26 Sep 11 RN, Army Air Corps and RAF strikes have damaged or destroyed some 1,000 former regime targets that presented a threat to the Libyan people. 500lb and 1,000lb Paveway bombs employing laser and GPS guidance were successfully used to engage targets. (MoD, 26-30 Sep 11.)
HMS OCEAN has been ordered East of Suez, while RFA Fort Rosalie is on her way back to the UK.
HMS LIVERPOOL and HMS BANGOR remain on station off Libya. (RN, 29 Sep 11.)
CJO commented briefly on operations over Libya during a presentation at the Royal United Services Institute (30 Sep 11) noting, in particular “the precision with which weapons have been applied – I don’t think there is a parallel in history”.
Comment: In a major speech previewing the Chicago Summit (20/21 May 12), NATO’s Secretary General reflected on contributions made towards the campaign: “In Libya, European Allies and Canada provided most of the assets. But the success of that Operation depended on unique and essential capabilities which only the United States could offer.”. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 11/38, 03 Oct 11)
27 Sep 11. Overseas Territories: Consultation. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) launched (27 Sep 11) a consultation on the new strategy proposed for the Overseas Territories. The strategy “aims to strengthen the engagement and interaction between the UK and the Territories”. Consultation is to run until 31 Dec 11 and is to be followed by a White Paper (i.e. policy document) in 2012.
Comment: Relations with the (14) Overseas Territories suffered under the previous Administration, as with so many other aspects of foreign policy. The Government aims for the Territories “to be vibrant and flourishing communities”.(Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 11/38, 03 Oct 11)
27 Sep 11. The recent report on the job cuts to be announced by BAE is very sad news for BAE as well as for the broader British Aerospace & Defence industry. BAE is not alone in decreasing the work force, with seve