Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, who was in Afghanistan to mark the latest milestone in the drawdown of UK forces, spoke to soldiers from the 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland (4 SCOTS) who had been living and working at Sterga.
The closure of our last base outside Camp Bastion is another important step towards ending combat operations in Afghanistan.
It is also an opportunity to reflect on the mission and the hard work and sacrifice of British Forces.
Their efforts have helped build a credible Afghan National Security Force and supported the emergence of a democratic Afghan state.
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