Additional battlegroup for Herrick

Just announced by Des Browne.

1 R Welsh with a Coy of Warriors from Scots Guards
Battery and Regt from 19 Regt RA, a battery from 5 Regt RA and MLRS from 39 Regt RA
Further reconnaisance units (I'm guessing he's referring to FR units but it's not clear)
4 more Harrier GR9's and 4 Sea Kings from 846 NAS
Some will be reservists but he doesn't know how many.
Total of c1,400 more troops to go, starting in May and moving over the summer.

Forgive if any errors; I'm typing as he speaks.
Aah, as ever they only mention the teeth.....

I wonder if there are any loggies going? Or spanners, perhaps? What about some more doctors? Hey, who cares. huh?!!!!!!!!
Interesting to see MLRS units being deployed, wern't they talking about scrapping them!

I'm watching the BBC Parliament now, interesting to know how the government doesn't seem to be pushing for our so called 'NATO allies' to send in more troops, makes it look like the last 50 years in Germany were a total waste of time.
welshblokemiles said:
Some will be reservists but he doesn't know how many.
Answer=not a lot :shakefist:

For example, 2nd RWR have already taken their pickings from the TA element of RWR (3rd) for Iraq this summer.

Where are these reservists coming from again?
Well according to some of the threads in Just TA there seems to be no lack of reservists wanting to go but a lack of roles for them to slot into.
surely this will see a large number of the HAC (TA) get used via 5th Artillery Reg...

I imagine these guys along with 4/73 sphinx will be making plenty of use of the MLRS - text book op for these guys - build hide - watch dam - see taliban - unleash hell.....
Could not help but notice that Des Browne said the troops werewell upto to the task of meeting the taliban.indeed they even took the fight to them over the winter. So why the extra troops?
I'm quite prepared to be wrong but don't Sea Kings have problems with "hot and high" operations? if so are the going to be of much use in Afghanistan.
Given that less than 4 weeks ago Swiss Tony came to the House and announced an increase in our committment to Herrick of a infantry battalion, this is the second such announcement this month.

Herrick IV ran with 1 battlegroup - 3 PARA - increased gradually to 3 additional infantry companies (Gurkha, Irish and Fusilier).
Herrick V is running with 1 battlegroup - 42 CDO - enhanced with 3 companies from 45 CDO.
Herrick VI is planning to run with 3 infantry battalions - 1 RANG, WFR and GREN Gds - and now the 1 WELSH BG.
So far, all we know is that 2 PARA are running Herrick VII with help from their mukkas in 3 PARA. Seems like they'll be busy!!!!

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