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Operations in Iraq: First Reflections

Annex C - Deployed Forces
19 March - 15 April

Royal Air Force

Squadron Station Aircraft / Other notes Deployment dates
Strike aircraft (68)
1(F), 3(F)a and IV(AC) Sqns RAF Cottesmore 20 Harrier GR7 23 Feb, 9 Mar
12(B) and 617 Sqns RAF Lossiemouth 12 Tornado GR4 28 Jan, 6 Feb, 11 Feb
II(AC), IX(B) and 31 Sqns RAF Marham 18 Tornado GR4/4A 19 Feb, 27 Feb
111(F) and 43(F) Sqns RAF Leuchars 14 Tornado F3 6 Mar, some already in theatre
6, 41 and 54 Sqns RAF Coltishall 4 Jaguar GR3A in Turkey (but not used in combat)
Support aircraft (47)
120, 201 and 206 Sqns RAF Kinloss 7 Nimrod MR2 reconnaissance 4 Mar, 5 Mar
8 and 23 Sqns RAF Waddington 4 E-3D Sentry airborne
early warning
28 Feb, 2 Mar
10 and 101 Sqns RAF Brize Norton 9 VC-10 tanker aircraft 1 Mar, 4 Mar, 9 Mar
99 Sqn RAF Brize Norton 4 C-17 transport aircraft from 16 Jan
216 Sqn RAF Brize Norton 4 Tristar tanker aircraft 22 Feb, in theatre
51 Sqn RAF Waddington 1 Nimrod R1 reconnaissance 1 Mar
32 (The Royal) Sqn RAF Northolt 4 HS125 14 Jan, 24 Feb, 2 Mar, 7 Mar
39 (1 PRU) Sqn RAF Marham 2 Canberra PR9 reconnaissance 9 Mar
24, 30, 47 and 70 Sqns RAF Lyneham 12 C-130K & C-130J
transport aircraft
3 Mar, 21 Mar
Support helicopters (27)
7, 18 and 27 Sqns RAF Odiham 20 Chinook helicopters 8 Feb
33 Sqn RAF Benson 7 Puma helicopters 8 Feb
Ground support
16 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Honington Ground-based air defence in theatre
1 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF St Mawgan Force protection 3 Feb
II Sqn RAF Regiment
RAF Honington Force protection 28 Dec
34 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Leeming Force protection 31 Jan
27 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Honington Joint NBC Regiment from 2 Feb
51 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Lossiemouth Joint Helicopter Force protection 15 Feb
1 TAC STO RAF Wittering Tactical Survive to Operate 12 Feb
3 TAC STO RAF Marham Tactical Survive to Operate 7 Feb
4 TAC STO + HQ RAF Lyneham Tactical Survive to Operate in theatre
Joint Helicopter Force HQ RAF Odiham & RAF Benson   23 Jan
Mobile Air Operations Teams RAF Benson   8 Feb
Tactical Supply Wing RAF Stafford   29 Jan
Mobile Catering Support Units Various   22 Feb
Tactical Communications Wing Various   10 Feb
UK Mobile Air Movements Sqn Various   28 Jan
Joint Force Air Contingent HQ RAF High Wycombe Staff from UK Air Contingent HQ/ Combined Air Operations Centre 5 Feb
2 Military Transport RAF Stafford In-theatre transport 22 Feb
5131(BD) Sqn RAF Marham Bomb disposal 20 Feb
Tactical Imagery RAF Marham   20 Feb
Intelligence Wing      
Tactical Provost Wing RAF Henlow   7 Feb
5001(EAF) Sqn RAF Stafford Expeditionary Airfield Facilities 7 Mar
Tactical Armament Squadron RAF Marham   9 Feb
Tactical Property Management RAF Benson   29 Jan
Tactical Medical Wing Various   15 Feb
Mobile Meteorological Unit RAF Benson   1 Feb

Royal Auxiliary Air Force and ex-regular Reserve personnel were also deployed

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