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KRH on Op HERRICK 16

On 14 April 2012 The King’s Royal Hussars took over responsibility for the Lashkar Gah district in Helmand Province from The Queen’s Royal Hussars.

KRH in Helmand provinceThe transition of authority marks the beginning of Operation Herrick 16 for The King’s Royal Hussars (KRH) who are the lead regiment within the Lashkar Gah area. The municipality of Lashkar Gah was the first area in Helmand to transition from an ISAF security lead to the Afghan forces.

This has been a gradual process but the Afghan Police are now well established and confident in directing security operations within and around the District Centre of Lashkar Gah.

 

'Privilege'

Lt Col Alex Potts, commanding The King's Royal Hussars and the Combined Force for Lashkar Gah, is confident about the next six months, he said: "I have visited Lashkar Gah on a number of occasions in the past year and I have been struck by the progress made by our colleagues in the Afghan National Security Forces.

"In many areas you encounter police working closely with government officials and community leaders to resolve the problems encountered in the rural villages around Lashkar Gah. This is just one indication that security and economic prosperity can be provided on an enduring basis without the direct support of ISAF troops.

Members of KRH in Afghanistan.“Our goals during this summer will see the insurgency contained further and the Afghan National Security Forces ever more capable of providing enduring security to this region. I know the men and women in this Battlegroup are correctly trained for this mission and understand how it can be achieved; it is a privilege to be associated with such professionals."

Trooper Duane Carey (29) from Swindon, Wiltshire who went to Hardenhuish School in Chippenham and joined the KRH in 2008 is on his first tour, he said: “We have been through an extensive training programme for our deployment over the past year and it is good to be able to finally get started.

"I am sure that I will miss my wife and three boys but we get two weeks off during the six months so I can look forward to spending lots of time with them then.”

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