Military staff were surprised when an Afghan fighting bird swooped by their Helmand headquarters.
As officers continued with the ongoing mammoth task of returning kit from Camp Bastion, a lost partridge found itself inside the large building in Britain’s desert base.
The distinctively-coloured birds, known as Chukar partridges in central Asia, have existed for centuries and were bred in the past to fight in several regions of Afghanistan.
But on this occasion one merely perched on the rafters at Joint Force Support (Afghanistan), where staff are overseeing the return of thousands of items of kit and people to the UK.
Headquarters Sergeant Major, Warrant Officer 2 Stuart Evans, cajoled the flyer to a safe area outside the main building, where it enjoyed a bite to eat before flying off.
WO Evans, from Wickham, Hampshire, said: “This is a busy headquarters working on a major task, so we’re usually focused on the detail of that.
“It simply strolled in, but attempts to usher it outside made it head for the roof space. It was certainly a welcome distraction and talking point as it moved around the HQ.”
Royal Navy sailors on board the Portsmouth based warship HMS Westminster have been enjoying a traditional Christmas dinner at sea.
The Ship, which will be away over the Christmas period, had been hoarding away in her freezers 80kg of Turkey along with 20kg of Beef and Gammon, 120kg of potatoes, 30kg broccoli, 30kg carrots, 150 yorkshire puddings, 300 pigs in blankets, 20kg brussel sprouts and to top it off, 15 Christmas cakes.
The towpath disappeared along the River Medway in Maidstone.
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Troops from the Meridian region serving in Afghanistan this Christmas have been sending their special messages to loved ones back home.
It comes as the Prime Minister David Cameron reiterated his pledge to pull soldiers out of the country by the end of 2014.
The troops included in this Christmas message are:
Sapper Ben Msichilli from Maidstone, Lance Corporal Nicola Thompson from Bournemouth, Air Trooper Leo Domeisen from Bournemouth, Corporal Matthew Rogerson from Reading and Signaller Tom Page from Hastings.
Corporal Andrew Garthwaite, who lost his arm whilst serving in Afghanistan, has become the first person in the UK to receive a mind-controlled prosthetic limb.
Andrew has shown off his prosthetic, which was fully funded by the Ministry of Defence, to his peers during his visit to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre in Headley Court.
Corporal Garthwaite was injured by a rocket propelled grenade on operations in 2010.
But after 18 months of world class rehabilitation, he is now able to control movement of his prosthetic arm with his mind, by focusing his thoughts on the nerves connected to muscles in his chest.
The Princess Royal has take a salute from Soldiers of the Household Cavalry in Windsor this morning.
The soldiers are marching through the town, marking the regiment's final return from Afghanistan.
The troops will go on to file past Windsor Guildhall.
The Princess Royal will take a salute from Soldiers of the Household Cavalry in Windsor later.
They will be marching through the town, marking the regiment's final return from Afghanistan.
Troops will file past Windsor Guildhall.
Two hundred medics who have spent six months treating soldiers in Afghanistan have been welcomed home to Gosport.
The troops marched along the town's waterfront after receiving operational medals for their work with 33 Field Hospital.
We spoke to Lieutenant Colonel Steve Archer Commanding Officer, 33 Field Hospital about being welcomed home.
A group of army medics will be officially welcomed home to Gosport today after working in Afghanistan.
The men and women of 33 Field Hospital provided care for troops serving in the country, as well as the local community. They will march out of the former Haslar Hospital site after receiving their Herrick medals.
"We sincerely hope that on 30th October the weather will be kind to us and the sun will shine as we gather to give thanks for the safe return of the extremely brave men and women of 33 Field Hospital. We hope that the people of Gosport will do us proud by coming along to show their support and to thank them all for the wonderful work they have done, in not only providing care for the service men and women based in Afghanistan, but also to the local community."