Soldiers from the Household Cavalry Regiment are using a variety of armoured vehicles to act as the Commander's "eyes and ears" in some of the most remote areas of Helmand province.
Working in small, cramped and hot armoured vehicles in the heat and dust of the Afghan desert, soldiers from D Squadron, Household Cavalry Regiment are proving their worth as an integral part of 16 Air Assault Brigade.
The soldiers operate a wide variety of vehicles that will soon include the new Jackal patrol vehicle, some of which are already being trialled in Helmand.
But it is the Scimitar Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle that has been the mainstay of the armoured reconnaissance role in Afghanistan since it was deployed there with 3 Para Battle Group in 2006.
Working on the principles of mobility, firepower and protection, the Scimitar is a fast and agile armoured vehicle with a primary role to gather information. Its exceptionally low ground pressure and small size make it useful where the terrain is hostile and movement difficult and it carries a 30mm Rarden cannon for self-defence. Working in small teams the Household Cavalry's D squadron are a very close knit unit. The Squadron Leader, Major Will Bartle-Jones explains why: "They are a small sub unit, they've got great camaraderie, they have a lot of fun and have a great sense of humour, and lets face it they live in little metal boxes all day so they get to know each other pretty well."
Talking about his job in Afghanistan Lance Corporal James Hawley from D Squadron said.
"Going across the desert in one of the vehicles is a good feeling. You can pick up some speed, you get the wind in your hair. There is such a friendship, such a bond knowing that any man next to you is more than willing to put his life on the line for you and you willing for the next man, it is an awesome feeling."
Second Lieutenant Nicholas Dixon, 1st Royal Green Jackets, talks to two Belfast women in their doorway during the Battalion's first tour of duty in Northern Ireland - 20 August to 18 December 1969
Second Lieutenant Robin Martin and Rifleman Andy Walker, 1st Royal Green Jackets, man a barbed wire street barricade in Belfast during the Battalion's first tour of duty in Northern Ireland in 1969
Second Lieutenant David Brough, 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment and Lance Corporal Bernard Winter, Second Battalion, The Queen's Regiment, patrol a Belfast street with a Saracen armoured personnel carrier. The Queen's Regiment was the first to be deployed in Belfast on 15 August 1969
Second Lieutenant Peter Hall, 1st Battalion, The Royal Green Jackets, at a road barricade on a wet winter's day in Belfast, 1969
Second Lieutenant Peter Hall, 1st Battalion, The Royal Green Jackets, at a road barricade on a wet winter's day in Belfast, with a rifleman and two children holding Union flags in the background, 1969
Soldiers wearing respirators while on riot control in the Catholic Falls area of Belfast. Broken glass litters the ground and a cloud of CS gas hangs in the air after a night of rioting, July 1970
A sentry at a British Army border checkpoint watches the activities of passengers while vehicles are stopped and searched by 1st Royal Welch Fusiliers at the Camel's Hump, Strabane in October 1973
Corporal Les Smart, 3rd Battalion The Light Infantry, passes ruined terraced houses during a patrol of one of the Peace Lines in Belfast in 1977
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A soldier questions the driver of a car at a temporary check point on the outskirts of Newry, County Down - 1986-1989
Head and shoulders portrait of a British soldier during a patrol in Newry, County Down - 1986-1989
A British Army radio operator vaults a fence into a field during a patrol in Newry, County Down - 1986-1989
Inside a platform mounted British Army border observation post near Newry, County Down, a soldier keeps watch with binoculars. To his right, a soldier with a camera photographs any activity - 1986-1989
A British soldier kneels at a street corner during a patrol in Newry, County Down - 1986-1989
A soldier surveys the countryside from his hilltop observation position in Newry, County Down - 1986-1989
A British soldier checks distant activity in the pedestrian shopping precinct of Newry, County Down, through the gun-sight of his SA80 support rifle - 1986-1989
Two soldiers man a vehicle check point, probably at the entrance of the Bessbrook Army Base in the Newry area in the late 1980s
The British Army starts to withdraw from Northern Ireland during the IRA ceasefire of 1994 - 1996. Troops from 5 Regiment, Royal Artillery board a Royal Air Force VC 10 troop transport aircraft at RAF Aldergrove, County Antrim, en route for Catterick, 1995
A British soldier on patrol with an officer of the Royal Ulster Constabulary in Belfast a few weeks after the IRA ended its ceasefire and detonated a large bomb at Canary Wharf, London, 1996
Thiepval Barracks, Lisburn, following the detonation of two car bombs on 7 October 1996. One soldier was killed and thirty military and civilian personnel injured - there was no warning
A soldier of 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borders, keeps a look out from an open Land Rover during an evening mobile patrol in Belfast, 1996
A soldier of 1 Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment accompanies an officer of the Royal Ulster Constabulary on patrol in Belfast in 1997
In 1998, the new Northern Ireland Parades Commission banned the Orange Order from marching along Garvaghy Road, setting up road blocks, moats and barbed wire, here soldiers of 1st Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment, patrol the barbed wire defences
Soldiers from the United Kingdom Stand-By Battalion, The King's Regiment (Liverpool), wait in the rain to move out on patrol in Saxon armoured vehicles from Girdwood Barracks in Belfast in July 1998. The Battalion had been airlifted to Belfast from Blackpool at short notice a few days earlier to assist the Royal Ulster Constabulary in controlling sectarian violence at Drumcree and elsewhere during the parade season
The last regular British Army foot patrol in the Belfast area returns to RUC Woodbourne Security Base, 12 September 1998. Corporal R Walker, A Company, 1st Staffordshire Regiment, gives a farewell wave at the gate of the base
HRH The Duke of York presents new Colours to 3rd Royal Irish Regiment, in a ceremony at St Patrick's Barracks, Ballymena, June 2000
A soldier of 1st Royal Green Jackets patrols the Shankill Road in support of the Royal Ulster Constabulary following Loyalist disturbances in the area, 22 August 2000
Soldiers of 1st Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders man a barricade of Saxon armoured vehicles at the bottom of the Ardoyne Road during the sectarian stand-off at Holy Cross Primary School, Belfast on 10 September 2001. The Royal Ulster Constabulary and British Army were required to shield 45 Catholic children and their parents against approximately 200 Loyalists as they walked to school
The British Army starts to demolish two security observation posts or 'sangars' in Armagh, 25 October 2001. The demolition was an immediate response to the IRA's announcement on 23 October 2001 that it would decommission its weapons
Soldiers of the Royal Highland Fusiliers wearing riot gear wait in reserve as the Royal Ulster Constabulary hold back Loyalist protesters during a violent confrontation at Drumcree Bridge on the day of the annual Orange Order Parade, 7 July 2002
Soldiers of the Royal Highland Fusiliers wearing riot gear wait in reserve as the Royal Ulster Constabulary hold back Loyalist protesters during a violent confrontation at Drumcree Bridge on the day of the annual Orange Order Parade, 7 July 2002. In the foreground (left), two RUC members assist an injured police officer
Signs belonging to units that have served in Bessbrook Mill Barracks during Operation Banner have now been removed for storage, 2007
vor033 you are a picture posting machine. You absolutly dominate the British picture posting in a couple of threads. Fair play to you, everything I have ever posted on this site just appears as a red X.
Since their arrival at PB (Patrol Base) Argyll in central Helmand province, The Prince of Wales's Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, have been undertaking daily patrols with their Afghan National Army (ANA) colleagues.
A Chinook helicopter takes off from Patrol Base Argyll after delivering supplies
Soldiers from 1 Platoon, The Prince of Wales's Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, prepare to depart on patrol from Patrol Base Argyll
Soldiers from 1 Platoon, The Prince of Wales's Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, patrol towards Nad e-Ali District Centre
A soldier from 1 Platoon, The Prince of Wales's Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, observes forward
Major Austin Salisbury (left) and Officer Commanding of the Military Stabilisation and Support Team, Captain Matt Lindow (Royal Engineers), talk to Afghans in Zarghun Kalay
Lt Chris Fenton observes forward at the village of Zarghun Kalay with Sergeant John Bevan of the Army Combat Camera Team kneeling behind
Captain James Mayhew of the Army Combat Camera Team (centre) and Welsh journalist Eifion Glynn (right) talk to 1 Platoon Commander, Lieutenant Chris Fenton (left), at the village of Zarghun Kalay
A soldier from 1 Platoon, The Prince of Wales's Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, keeps a watch over the patrol in the bazaar at Zarghun Kalay
A soldier from 1 Platoon, The Prince of Wales's Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, looks out from the platoon administration area in the Police House at Zarghun Kalay
Soldiers from 1 Platoon, The Prince of Wales's Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, patrol down the road from Zarghun Kalay village centre
A soldier from 1 Platoon, The Prince of Wales's Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, patrols back from the village of Zarghun Kalay in Helmand province