North Yorkshire Regiment to take over responsibility for Task Force Helmand

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The last soldiers from Yorkshire's only heavy cavalry regiment are leaving their base in North Yorkshire and heading for a six-month operational tour in Afghanistan.

The soldiers are all members of the Royal Dragoon Guards, North Yorkshire's County Regiment, which is based at Alma Lines, Munster Barracks, Catterick Garrison.

The servicemen and women are part of 4 Mechanized Brigade which will take over responsibility for Task Force Helmand next month. The Brigade was last in charge in the province back in 2010 when it suffered heavy casualties.

With combat operations planned to finish at the end of 2014 the emphasis of the tour is transition with the various units within the Brigade mentoring their Afghan colleagues so that they can plan and run their own operations.

It is also expected that the Brigade Commander, Brigadier Bob Bruce, will become the first British commander to be able to send troops home with a total of 500 expected to return before Christmas.