Dramatic moment Prince Harry runs for an Ice Cream Van during Afghan interview
[FONT=Verdana]British-trained Afghan forces have demonstrated their expanding capability by successfully leading a large and complex operation to build a bridge over the Nahr-e Saraj canal in Afghanistan's Helmand province.
[FONT=Verdana]Soldiers from the Afghan National Army as well as members of the Afghan Uniform Police conducted a security sweep through the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand as part of the mission, aimed at consolidating improvements in security.
[FONT=Verdana]This major operation was supported by British forces led by 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (1 LANCS) who have been advising Afghan security forces in Lashkar Gah.
[FONT=Verdana]The operation demonstrated some of the crucial capabilities that the Afghan security forces have developed in recent years, including the installation of vital infrastructure and detection and disposal of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
[FONT=Verdana]It also included a bridge-build across the Nahr-e Saraj canal, before a 72-hour period in which in excess of 50 IEDs and 240 kilograms of homemade explosives were found and dealt with independently of support from their British mentors.[/FONT]
Children come out to watch as soldiers of 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment pass by [Picture: Corporal Mike O'Neill RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]
Soldiers of 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment patrol behind members of the Afghan Uniform Police [Picture: Corporal Mike O'Neill RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]
Soldiers of 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment patrol alongside an irrigation ditch [Picture: Corporal Mike O'Neill RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]
Members of the Afghan Uniform Police and soldiers of 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment share chai (tea) with local elders [Picture: Corporal Mike O'Neill RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]
As it gets light the temperature stays cold and the Afghans lead the way [Picture: Corporal Mike O'Neill RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]
The ground in Afghanistan is hard and dangerous, with many obstacles to cross [Picture: Corporal Mike O'Neill RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]
Soldiers of 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment sit comfortably with members of the Afghan Uniform Police [Picture: Corporal Mike O'Neill RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]
A soldier from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment shares a joke with members of the Afghan Uniform Police [Picture: Corporal Mike O'Neill RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]
[FONT=Verdana]The First Sea Lord, Adm Sir Mark Stanhope, talking to members of Kings Squad 146 as they pass out of CTCRM Lympstone – 25th January 2013[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]Photographs by Emily Tucker[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]The Junior Command Course (JCC) conduct Anti Ambush Drills and SOP on Woodbury Common Training Area on Wednesday the 23rd January 2013.[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]Photos: LA(Phot) Emz Nolan MOD/Crown copyright 2013[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]In the depths of a Northumbrian winter, 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA) is on Exercise Eagles Nest at Otterburn Ranges. The two-week long training is designed for troops to practice live firing their weaponry, manoeuvring across hostile countryside, working with fire support from artillery and helicopters and living in the field for prolonged periods. [/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]From May the 2 PARA Battlegroup takes on the role as the lead unit in the Airborne Task Force (ABTF), with the unit’s airborne infantry bolstered by artillery, engineers, medics and logisticians from 16 Air Assault Brigade. The ABTF is ready to deploy anywhere in the world at short notice to conduct the full range of military operations, from non-combatant evacuation operations to warfighting[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]MOD/Crown copyright[/FONT] 2013
Soldiers from 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh (2 Royal Welsh), based in Tidworth, Wiltshire, have taken part in urban warfare training in France. The Welsh soldiers were part of Exercise Urban Warrior 5, an exercise that has been two years in the planning, which looks at the combination of soldiers and tanks while fighting in an urban environment. The training took place at The Centre d’Entrainement aux Actions en Zone Urbaine (CENZUB) - a French urban warfare training facility in north east France, which comprises a training camp, and a large training area in which there are two urban centres. CENZUB is the largest urban warfare training facility in Europe.
A Royal Naval helicopter flight from the South West is proving itself as the long-range eyes, ears and claws of warship HMS Monmouth on maritime policing patrol. The Plymouth-based warship, known as the Black Duke, on patrol in the Middle East deterring smugglers and pirates is being given a huge advantage over the criminals by flying an armed helicopter known as the Black Knight. The Lynx maritime attack helicopter of 215 Flight from 815 Naval Air Squadron based at the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, Somerset, is armed by a Royal Marines sniper team, missiles and while airborne can ‘see’ for many miles beyond the ship. Photographs by L(Phot) Will Haigh
The first Wildcat Attack Helicopter to be delivered to the Royal Navy has successfully taken its first flight at Yeovil in Somerset, the MoD announced today (Monday). Pictures show the new helicopter’s maiden flight. The Wildcat has a more powerful engine allowing it to be flown in extreme conditions all year round. It is also equipped with a more robust fuselage, a high tech interactive display and a new radar system that provides 360 degree surveillance. Wildcat HMA Mk2 will carry Sting Ray torpedoes, a door-mounted 0.5 inch heavy machine gun and new light and heavy variants of the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon Missiles. Expected to perform a range of tasks once in-service, the Maritime Wildcat Attack Helicopter will be used in anti-surface warfare, force protection and counter-piracy. It will also be able to carry out an anti-submarine role.