My understanding is that the US only requested 'light' UK forces for GW2, specifically SAS, A2A refuelling and a couple of TLAM subs, plus maybe some light infantry. This would fit in with my own personal experience of dealing with the US forces (basically, they really don't rate the UK forces - or indeed any of their allies- that highly, except for SF), correspondence I have with an RNR officer who works with NAVCENT and reports in the media, especially the comments about UK forces being known as 'The Borrowers' by the US forces, due to their paucity of equipment and resulting propensity to beg/borrow/steal US kit. In the circumstances, surely 3Cdo Bde and a few frigates would have more than sufficed to wave the Union Jack around rather than creating unneccessary C2, logisitics and basing difficulties for CENTCOM for little actual addition to combat power. So why such a large UK contingent? Is this just stroking El Tone's ego and enabling him to strut around the world stage like Chirac's alter ego? Or is there some other reason?