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    The last commando group of thousands of Royal Marines to serve in Afghanistan are returning to the UK – marking the end of more than a decade of operational deployments in the country. In an historic moment, troops from 40 Commando Royal Marines (40 Cdo) symbolically lowered the Royal Navy’s white ensign that has flown above their main operating base (MOB) Price, in the Nahr-e Saraj district, for the past six months – the last time the flag will fly in Helmand Province. 40 Cdo are the most recent Royal Marine unit to serve in Afghanistan after successive deployments that have seen Marines serve in areas such as Sangin, Nahr-e Saraj and Musa Qala. 40 Cdo were also the very first British troops to deploy to the country in 2001, securing Bagram airfield and going on to patrol the streets of Kabul. The equivalent of over 14,000 Marines have deployed on operations in Afghanistan. The 7,200- strong Royal Marine Corps has deployed units to Afghanistan 12 times, along with many individuals who have been attached to other units. And the Royal Marines have been awarded nearly 200 honours for their acts of bravery and distinguished service in Afghanistan, including a George Cross, seven Distinguished Service Orders and ten awards of the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross, including one posthumously. The commando group, who have now handed over to 1st Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, have seen security improve dramatically during their tour. Working out of MOB Price, which the Marines nicknamed “HMS Price” in line with Royal Navy tradition, they have developed the Afghan National Army (ANA) and Afghan police units in the area to take on responsibility for security and have worked together to successfully tackle the insurgency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scorchio View Post
    Yes, RWMIK+ was the one with the armour plating (enhancement over the old Jankel MAPIK kit that was fitted to previous WMIK variants) and what looks like a roof over the driver's position

    Attachment 199400 RWMIK+

    Before RWMIK there was also a variant called EWMIK which was largely similar to the original WMIK but modified with a belly-armour plate and an a full radio fit. RWMIKs were completely reconditioned vehicles with enhancements to help improve blast protection that are fully integrated into the body of the vehicle, rather than mere 'bolt-on' modifications like EWMIK, but they lack the full FFR-style radio fit.
    EWMIK also included fancy new alloys I was in the loop up untill and including EWMIK, but then my Land Rover nerdiness died down a little, so the new fleet of Frankenstein WMIK have left me in their dust a little. EWMIK with the Jankel plating were by far in the way the most Warry looking (but RWMIK does look like a great improvement, none-the-less, I'm just talking aesthetics)

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    Viking Armoured Vehicles and Royal Marines from 42 Commando take part in an exercise at Barry Buddon simulating an attack on shores of a hostile country on April 12, 2013 in Carnoustie, Scotland. The exercise is part of Joint Warrior which will run from the 15 to 29 April in locations across the UK, involving UK forces and international allies in all aspects of warfare.


    Viking Armoured Vehicles and Royal Marines from 42 Commando take part in an exercise at Barry Buddon simulating an attack on shores of a hostile country on April 12, 2013 in Carnoustie, Scotland. The exercise is part of Joint Warrior which will run from the 15 to 29 April in locations across the UK, involving UK forces and international allies in all aspects of warfare.


    Viking Armoured Vehicles and Royal Marines from 42 Commando take part in an exercise at Barry Buddon simulating an attack on shores of a hostile country on April 12, 2013 in Carnoustie, Scotland. The exercise is part of Joint Warrior which will run from the 15 to 29 April in locations across the UK, involving UK forces and international allies in all aspects of warfare.


    Royal Marines from 42 Commando take part in an exercise at Barry Buddon simulating an attack on shores of a hostile country on April 12, 2013 in Carnoustie, Scotland. The exercise is part of Joint Warrior which will run from the 15 to 29 April in locations across the UK, involving UK forces and international allies in all aspects of warfare.


    Viking Armoured Vehicles and Royal Marines from 42 Commando take part in an exercise at Barry Buddon simulating an attack on shores of a hostile country on April 12, 2013 in Carnoustie, Scotland. The exercise is part of Joint Warrior which will run from the 15 to 29 April in locations across the UK, involving UK forces and international allies in all aspects of warfare.


    A Royal Marine from 42 Commando takes part in an exercise at Barry Buddon simulating an attack on shores of a hostile country on April 12, 2013 in Carnoustie, Scotland. The exercise is part of Joint Warrior which will run from the 15 to 29 April in locations across the UK, involving UK forces and international allies in all aspects of warfare.


    Royal Marines from 42 Commando take part in an exercise at Barry Buddon simulating an attack on shores of a hostile country on April 12, 2013 in Carnoustie, Scotland. The exercise is part of Joint Warrior which will run from the 15 to 29 April in locations across the UK, involving UK forces and international allies in all aspects of warfare.


    Royal Marines from 42 Commando take part in an exercise at Barry Buddon simulating an attack on shores of a hostile country on April 12, 2013 in Carnoustie, Scotland. The exercise is part of Joint Warrior which will run from the 15 to 29 April in locations across the UK, involving UK forces and international allies in all aspects of warfare.


    Royal Marines from 42 Commando take part in an exercise at Barry Buddon simulating an attack on shores of a hostile country on April 12, 2013 in Carnoustie, Scotland. The exercise is part of Joint Warrior which will run from the 15 to 29 April in locations across the UK, involving UK forces and international allies in all aspects of warfare.


    Royal Marines from 42 Commando take part in an exercise at Barry Buddon simulating an attack on shores of a hostile country on April 12, 2013 in Carnoustie, Scotland. The exercise is part of Joint Warrior which will run from the 15 to 29 April in locations across the UK, involving UK forces and international allies in all aspects of warfare.


    A Royal Marine from 42 Commando takes part in an exercise at Barry Buddon simulating an attack on shores of a hostile country on April 12, 2013 in Carnoustie, Scotland. The exercise is part of Joint Warrior which will run from the 15 to 29 April in locations across the UK, involving UK forces and international allies in all aspects of warfare.


    Royal Marines from 42 Commando take part in an exercise at Barry Buddon simulating an attack on shores of a hostile country on April 12, 2013 in Carnoustie, Scotland. The exercise is part of Joint Warrior which will run from the 15 to 29 April in locations across the UK, involving UK forces and international allies in all aspects of warfare.


    Royal Marines from 42 Commando take part in an exercise at Barry Buddon simulating an attack on shores of a hostile country on April 12, 2013 in Carnoustie, Scotland. The exercise is part of Joint Warrior which will run from the 15 to 29 April in locations across the UK, involving UK forces and international allies in all aspects of warfare.


    Two Chinook Helicopters fly over HMS Illustrious as Royal Marines from 42 Commando take part in an exercise at Barry Buddon simulating an attack on shores of a hostile country on April 12, 2013 in Carnoustie, Scotland. The exercise is part of Joint Warrior which will run from the 15 to 29 April in locations across the UK, involving UK forces and international allies in all aspects of warfare.


    Royal Marines from 42 Commando take part in an exercise at Barry Buddon simulating an attack on shores of a hostile country on April 12, 2013 in Carnoustie, Scotland. The exercise is part of Joint Warrior which will run from the 15 to 29 April in locations across the UK, involving UK forces and international allies in all aspects of warfare.


    Royal Navy personnel monitor radar on HMS Bulwark as Royal Marines from 42 Commando take part in an exercise at Barry Buddon simulating an attack on shores of a hostile country on April 12, 2013 in Carnoustie, Scotland. The exercise is part of Joint Warrior which will run from the 15 to 29 April in locations across the UK, involving UK forces and international allies in all aspects of warfare


    A Viking Armoured Vehicle and Royal Marines from 42 Commando take part in an exercise at Barry Buddon simulating an attack on shores of a hostile country on April 12, 2013 in Carnoustie, Scotland. The exercise is part of Joint Warrior which will run from the 15 to 29 April in locations across the UK, involving UK forces and international allies in all aspects of warfare.


    A Viking Armoured Vehicle and a Royal Marine from 42 Commando take part in an exercise at Barry Buddon simulating an attack on shores of a hostile country on April 12, 2013 in Carnoustie, Scotland. The exercise is part of Joint Warrior which will run from the 15 to 29 April in locations across the UK, involving UK forces and international allies in all aspects of warfare.


    Viking Armoured Vehicles and Royal Marines from 42 Commando take part in an exercise at Barry Buddon simulating an attack on shores of a hostile country on April 12, 2013 in Carnoustie, Scotland. The exercise is part of Joint Warrior which will run from the 15 to 29 April in locations across the UK, involving UK forces and international allies in all aspects of warfare.


    Royal Marines from 42 Commando take part in an exercise at Barry Buddon simulating an attack on shores of a hostile country on April 12, 2013 in Carnoustie, Scotland. The exercise is part of Joint Warrior which will run from the 15 to 29 April in locations across the UK, involving UK forces and international allies in all aspects of warfare.


    Royal Marines from 42 Commando take part in an exercise at Barry Buddon simulating an attack on shores of a hostile country on April 12, 2013 in Carnoustie, Scotland. The exercise is part of Joint Warrior which will run from the 15 to 29 April in locations across the UK, involving UK forces and international allies in all aspects of warfare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Night.Hawk View Post
    Would it not be an idea to caption these images rather than post them at random?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Night.Hawk View Post
    2 PARA on live firing excercise Otterburn jan 2013.
    Pathfinders talking in a coy jump on Ex JOINT WARRIOR 2012.

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    beat me to it

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    Jack bar steward of a driver could have screwed the nut and went a bit further up the beach so the lads didn't get there feet wet.
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    If they kept their feet dry, they wouldn't be entitled to be called "Marines"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Night.Hawk View Post
    I never understood why Pathfinders don't use L85s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AIRBORNEJOCK View Post
    Jack bar steward of a driver could have screwed the nut and went a bit further up the beach so the lads didn't get there feet wet.
    "I'll try to get you as close to the beach as I can lads. Gen!" - Every LC2/3 ever.

    The lads debussing are ASG Viking crews too. Seeing his oppos off nicely there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ubermensche View Post
    I never understood why Pathfinders don't use L85s.
    The L85A1 crapped out on them during Sierra Leonne. With their specialist job they could not tolerate an unreliable rifle and the swap was made to the same one the UKSF were using, the C8 Carbine.

    Since then the L85's of course become the A2, but the Pathfinders were already very used to the C8 so didn't change back, that and for their particular role, a lighter rifle is much handier, I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ubermensche View Post
    I never understood why Pathfinders don't use L85s.
    They were originally equipped with the C7/C8 before the L85A2 was introduced, but you will sometimes see them with L85A2s these days. Sky did a TV documentary about the Pathfinders in Afghan during Herrick XIII, most of them were carrying the L85A2 on that rotation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetroSicotte View Post
    The L85A1 crapped out on them during Sierra Leonne. With their specialist job they could not tolerate an unreliable rifle and the swap was made to the same one the UKSF were using, the C8 Carbine.

    Since then the L85's of course become the A2, but the Pathfinders were already very used to the C8 so didn't change back, that and for their particular role, a lighter rifle is much handier, I believe.
    None of us would use the L85 given the choice. PF used to have M16A1 back in the day and up until about 2007 still used L85A2 then they managed to procure the C8 at the same time as reserve SF units in the UK on H13 you could tell who was BRF and who were actual members of PF by what rifle they had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AIRBORNEJOCK View Post
    None of us would use the L85 given the choice. PF used to have M16A1 back in the day and up until about 2007 still used L85A2 then they managed to procure the C8 at the same time as reserve SF units in the UK on H13 you could tell who was BRF and who were actual members of PF by what rifle they had.
    Thanks - a few interesting points there.

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