The last Royal Marines from Taunton-based 40 Commando are returning home from Afghanistan this evening. About 80 marines from Alpha Company are due back at Norton Manor camp, marking the end of a decade of operations in the country.
A homecoming march will take place in Taunton on Thursday, May 2nd.
Murder charges against two of accused Marines dropped
Murder charges against two of five Plymouth-based Royal Marines accused of killing a Taliban prisoner have been dropped. The remaining three men - from 3 Commando - are due before another court martial hearing next month. They are accused of killing the man in Afghanistan in September 2011.
A Royal Marine and a woman soldier have died from injuries received while on patrol in Afghanistan.
The Royal Marine, from 40 Commando who are based at Norton Manor Camp near Taunton, and the soldier, from 3 Medical Regiment, were on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province when they were killed on Tuesday.
Their families have been informed.
The soldier is said to be a 25-year-old woman from Northern Ireland.
The pair are thought to have been killed by insurgents, although a source has said it understood the Taliban had issued a statement in Afghanistan suggesting the incident was a 'green on blue attack' - where coalition troops are killed by their Afghan allies.
Their deaths take the total number of UK service members to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001 to 435.
More than 130 servicemen and women honoured for their bravery
More than a hundred-and-thirty servicemen and women recently returned from Afghanistan are being honoured for their outstanding work and bravery under fire. Our defence correspondent John Andrews reports.
A naval officer who defused two Second World War bombs found in Plymouth has been awarded the Queen's Commendation for Bravery. Lieutenant Commander Richard Talbot was said to have shown courage of the highest order when he made two devices safe. Bob Constantine has this report:
A number of Royal Marine's have been presented with medals at an awards ceremony at Stonehouse Barracks in Plymouth. Plymouth-based Royal Navy medical assistant Liam O'Grady and Marine Mark Williams from 42 Commando have both been awarded the Military Cross for saving the lives of colleagues.
On the day the names of six men killed in Afghanistan were made public, another victim of the conflict was remembered in Exeter. Corporal Stephen Curley served with Taunton based 40 Commando. He died in 2010 while leading a patrol in Helmand Province.
Today an inquest into his death took place in Exeter. A verdict of 'unlawful killing' was returned by the coroner. Speaking after the verdict, his wife Kierian said she hoped other widows won't have to wait nearly two years to discover what happened to their husbands.