Midland soldiers' Afghan base

Soldiers from the Royal Anglian Regiment have taken charge of one of the last remaining British bases in Afghanistan's Helmand Province - making them among the last of the UK forces to be based in the capital.

First tour of duty for many Royal Anglian soldiers

Many of the Royal Anglian Regiment soldiers now stationed at what is likely to be the final British base in Afghanistan's Helmand Province are on their first tour of duty.

Among them is 23-year-old Pvt David Jackson, from Lincoln, who said he was pleased to finally be putting his training to use.

I’m glad to finally be out here after training for so long for the tour.

It’ll be difficult being away from home but I’m with my mates and I can still talk to my family by phone and email.

This is my first tour, it’s hot here, hotter than I expected. You have to factor that in as you go about your work.

– Private David Jackson, Royal Anglian Regiment

Soldiers to train Afghan police from new base

Soldiers from the Midlands and Anglia regions who have taken over the main operating base in Helmand Province will also provide training for local forces.

The Royal Anglian Regiment - known as The Poachers - are now responsible for the Lashkar Gah training centre, where the Afghan National Police can get training.

Royal Anglian Regiment soldiers outside Lashkar Gah
Royal Anglian Regiment soldiers outside Lashkar Gah Credit: Ministry of Defence

The soldiers will also run the Operational Coordination Centre - Provincial, which coordinates the work between the Afghan National Army and the Afghan Police, teaching them how to work together to provide security.

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Midland soldiers at final British base in Helmand

Soldiers from the Royal Anglian Regiment have taken charge of one of the last remaining British bases in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.

They are likely to be the last of the UK forces to be based in the capital.

Soldiers at the Main Operating Base, Lashkar Gah, in Helmand Province
Soldiers at the Main Operating Base, Lashkar Gah, in Helmand Province Credit: Ministry of Defence

The servicemen and women, who come from Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, are now situated at the Main Operating Base Lashkar Gah, which is one of five remaining bases including Camp Bastion.

They will continue supporting the Afghan forces where necessary, before the ultimate handover of the base to the country's own forces and their redeployment back to the UK.