UK Forces here are made up of personnel from the Navy, Army and Royal Air Force. The majority of this force is deployed to Helmand province in the south. In addition, the UK has troops deployed in Kandahar and Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. UK Forces are working in a joint military-civilian plan to push back the Taliban. When we go into the villages and districts in Helmand we are supported by Afghan Army and Afghan Police who hold the ground we have cleared, to prevent the Taliban returning. Our civilian stabilisation experts work with local officials and tribal elders to follow up security with plans for new roads, clean water and basic justice.
UK operations in Afghanistan are conducted under the name Operation HERRICK - Soldiers and Officers will be blogging from the units that make up the deployed forces in Afghanistan.
1st Mechanized Brigade has replaced 4th Mechanized Brigade as the lead formation of British troops in Helmand province, for Operation HERRICK 18 from April 2013 until September 2013.
4th Mechanized Brigade has replaced 12th Mechanized Brigade as the lead formation of British troops in Helmand province, for Operation HERRICK 17. It took over control on 10 October 2012
12th Mechanized Brigade has replaced 20th Armoured Brigade as the lead formation of British troops in Helmand province, for Operation HERRICK 16 from April 2011 until September 2012.