The Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, has confirmed that soldiers from the North West will be among those deploying to Afghanistan in the spring.
Soldiers from the 2nd and 4th battalions of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment have been in training for potential deployment for several months.
They are expected to travel to Afghanistan from late March and will serve in roles which will primarily see them mentoring soldiers of the Afghan National Army.
The 2nd Battalion of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (2 LANCS), based at Weeton Barracks near Blackpool, will provide around 500 Regular soldiers for the operation.
The 4th Battalion of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (4 LANCS) will provide around 16 Territorial Army soldiers for the operation.
The majority will serve on operations for around six months.
The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment is an infantry regiment and recruits soldiers from across the North West.