On Saturday 9 April, 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines took command of Task Force Helmand in Afghanistan, officially marking the start of Operation HERRICK 14.
Hundreds of people, young and old, cheering and waving flags, turned out to support soldiers from The Rifles as they marched through Gloucester after being granted the freedom of the city last week.
Afghan soldiers working alongside British forces have dealt a heavy blow to the insurgency in central Helmand by discovering a deadly stash of bomb-making equipment and weaponry, including 50 improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
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50-IED cache found by UK and Afghan troops in Helmand
British soldiers battling the Taliban in Afghanistan will get better protection from attacks by insurgents thanks in part to the teamwork shown by the RAF and the Australian Defence Force.
A soldier whose time in the Army is running out has used the Service’s resettlement package to uniquely retrain as a watchmaker and has invented what he believes to be a world’s first in timekeeping circles.