Operations and deployments
The British Army is actively engaged in operational duties across the globe. The work we do ranges from peacekeeping to providing humanitarian aid, from enforcing anti-terrorism measures to helping combat the international drugs trade.
Where we operate (click on the pins to learn more)
Since 1974, the British Army has deployed out to Cyprus as part of the UK’s contribution to the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus. As one of the longest running continuous operations, the British Army form the largest contingent of the multinational force. They patrol 24/7 along a buffer zone that separates the Greek and Turkish Cypriots, as this is still an area under permanent armed watch by military on both sides.
BATUK is a permanent training support unit based mainly in Nanyuki, 200 km north of Nairobi, but with a small element in Nairobi.
The prairie of Alberta has provided an excellent opportunity for the British Army to train on a large scale since 1972.
The British Army has maintained a presence in Belize since its independence. Currently the British Army Training Support Unit in Belize enables close country and tropical environment training to troops from the UK and international partners.
South Atlantic Islands
The Falkland Islands are a dependent territory of the UK and will remain so for as long as the Islanders wish them to. British Armed Forces protect the Falkland Islands to deter military aggression against The South Atlantic Overseas Territories.
The British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar is a rocky headland on the southern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. It has an area of just over two square miles and a population of 30,000. It enjoys a strategic location at the western entrance to the Mediterranean, where the straits between Europe and Africa are only 14 km wide
In line with the announcement of the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) of 2010, it is the Government's intention to rebase the British Army from Germany to the UK by 2020. On the 4 November 2015, the Ministry of Defence confirmed that the final Field Army units will withdraw from Germany in 2019 in accordance with the Government’s SDSR 2010 commitment.
The 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw set the conditions for the establishment of an enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to strengthen Euro-Atlantic security.
As part of a global coalition’ troops from the British Army are working to help secure Daesh’s lasting defeat. Over 60,000 Iraqi Security Forces members have now been trained by British soldiers who have played their part in contributing to a stable, prosperous and united future for Iraq.
The Taliban gave safe haven to Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, which allowed terrorists to plan and carry out attacks around the world. We joined many other nations in a NATO/ISAF-led military intervention to bring Al-Qaeda’s leaders to justice, remove the Taliban from control in Afghanistan and prevent the country again becoming a safe haven for international terrorists.
The British Army in Brunei comprises an infantry battalion of Gurkhas and an Army Air Corps Flight of Bell 212 helicopters. The tropical climate and terrain is well suited to jungle training and the Jungle Warfare Division run courses for all members of the British Army.
The British Army has deployed out to Ukraine where they have been providing training to Ukrainian Armed Forces, following the illegal annexation of Crimea. We work alongside our allies to provide training on a variety of skills, from basic infantry and medic skills to courses that counter attacks from snipers, armoured vehicles and mortars.
The UK and Nigerian military are long standing allies, and both are committed to defeating Boko Haram in West Africa. The UK military are supporting the Nigerian armed forces through a package of training and advisory activities designed to help them it tackle the terrorist organisation.
British army personnel are currently deployed in Somalia to support 4 organisations; the UN, the AU Mission in Somalia, the EU and direct support to the Somali National Army as part of international efforts to restore security and stability in the region.
The UK has deployed nearly 400 troops to the UN Mission in South Sudan as part of our commitment to the pursuit of peace and stability in the country. It is one of the UK's largest operational deployments, with personnel providing engineering support at the UN's camps in Bentiu and Malakal, as well as a field hospital to care for eligible UN personnel in Bentiu.
MINUSMA is the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation mission in Mali. When established in 2013, the mission was asked to support the transitional authorities of Mali in the stabilisation of the country. Op Newcombe is the UK commitment to that mission.