North East soldiers who have been stationed out in Afghanistan on active duty are due to return home today.
Some of the troops from 4 Mechanized Brigade will however remain on duty in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.
The last soldiers from the regiment left Catterick Garrison to go on the operational tour last October.
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