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Thursday, November 17th 2005

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Number of Service Personnel


(males age 16-49)

14,607,724 (2005 est.)

Fit for military service
(males age 16-49)

12,046,268 (2005 est.)


Sterling figure


US Dollar figure


Percent of GDP



British Army

Main Battle Tanks

386 Challenger 2

Infantry fighting vehicles

575 Warrior

Armoured Personnel Carriers






Personnel (Regular Army)


Personnel (Territorial Army)


Royal Navy

Ballistic Missile Submarines


Fleet Submarines


Aircraft Carriers


Helicopter Carrier






Patrol boats


Amphibious Assault ships




Survey vessels




Personnel (Regular)


Personnel (Royal Naval Reserve)


Personnel (Royal Marines Reserve)


Royal Fleet Auxiliary



Resupply ships


Tanker/Resupply ships


Aviation training ship


Repair ship


Amphibious Assault ships


Strategic lift vessels


Royal Air Force


942 (including helicopters)



A Complete list of British service personnel from the 1st of January 2005



Regular Reserves


Volunteer Reserves


Cadet Forces


MoD Civilians




Royal Navy

40,160 (includes some 5,500 Royal Marines)

Regular Army

109,850 (trained and untrained but excluding 3,450 Gurkhas)

Royal Air Force


(figures include all trained and untrained personnel)


4 x Vanguard Class submarines each with 16 x Trident (D5) Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBM) deploying with 48 x warheads per submarine. If necessary a D5 missile could deploy with 12 x MIRV (Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicles). Future plans appear to be for a stockpile of 200 operationally available warheads and 58 missile bodies. Strategic Forces are provided by the Royal Navy.


40,160 personnel

4 x SSBN
11 x Tactical Submarines 
3 x Aircraft Carriers (1 in refit)
11 x Destroyers
20 x Frigates
6 x Amphibious Warfare Vessels
22 x Mine Counter Measures Vessels
5 x Offshore Patrol Craft
18 x Inshore Patrol Craft
1 x Ice Patrol Ship
4 x Survey Vessels
3 x Harrier Squadrons (includes 2 x squadrons assigned to Joint Force Harrier)
9 x Helicopter Squadrons
3 x Royal Marines Commando Groups


x Fleet Tankers
4 x Support Tankers
6 x Fleet Replenishment Ships
1 x Aviation Training Ship
4 x Landing Ships
1 x Forward Repair Ship
6 x Roll-on Roll-off vessels


Merchant Naval Vessels Registered in the UK, Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories:

163 x Large Tankers
236 x General Cargo Ships
62 x Refrigerated Cargo Ships
152 x Cellular Container Ships
58 x Ro-Ro Ships
25 x Passenger (Cruise) Ships
8 x Large Tugs

Note: This listing refers to vessels of 500 gross tons and over.


109,850 personnel (excluding some 3,540 Gurkhas)
1 x Corps Headquarters in Germany (ARRC)
1 x Armoured Divisional HQ in Germany
1 x Mechanised Divisional HQ in UK
4 x Divisional/District HQ's in UK
1 x Divisional/District HQ's in Germany
3 x Deployable Combat Brigade HQs in Germany
4 x Deployable Combat Brigade HQs in UK
13 x Regional/Non-deployable Brigade HQs in the UK (includes 2 x Infantry Brigade HQs in Northern Ireland)


52,340 personnel

5 x Strike/Attack Squadrons with 60 x Tornado GR1/4
5 x Offensive Support Squadrons (includes 2 x squadrons in the Joint Force Harrier) with 43 x Harrier GR7/T10 and 22 x Jaguar GR1A/3/3A
4 x Air Defence Squadrons with 70 x Tornado F3
4 x Maritime Patrol Squadrons with 20 x Nimrod MR2
5 x Reconnaissance Squadrons with 24 x Tornado GR1/4A, 12 x Jaguar GR1a/3/3A, 3 x Nimrod R1 and 4 x Canberra
2 x Airborne Early Warning Squadrons with 6 x AEW Sentry
15 x Transport and Tanker Squadrons with 18 x VC10, 8 x Tristar, 51 x Hercules
6 x Support Helicopter  Squadrons with 31 x Chinook, 37 x Puma and 18 x Merlin
2 x Search and Rescue Helicopter Squadrons with 18 x Sea King HAR3/3A
5 x RAF Regiment Surface to Air Missile Squadrons
8 x RAF Regiment Ground  Defence Squadrons
4 x RAF Regiment STO Squadrons


1 x Permanent Joint HQ
1 x Joint Force HQ
Under Command Director Special Forces - 3 x SAS Regiments (including 2 x TA), 4 x Special Boat Squadrons, 1 x Joint NBC Regiment

Joint Helicopter Force
1 x Air Assault Brigade HQ
4 x Royal Navy Helicopter Squadrons with 33 x Sea King HC4, 6 x Lynx AH7 and 8 x Gazelle
6 x Army Air Corps Regiments (including 1 TA) with 116 x Lynx, 113 x Gazelle and 5 x Islanders (67 x Longbow Apache being delivered)
6 x RAF Helicopter Squadrons with 31 x Chinook HC1/2, 37 x Puma and 18 x Merlin

Joint Force Harrier
2 x Royal Navy Squadrons with 17 x Sea Harrier F/a2 and 4 x T4/T8
3 x RAF Squadrons with 40 x Harrier GR7 and 3 x Harrier T10


England and Wales 125,000
Scotland 14,000
Northern Ireland: 11,000


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