11 Light Brigade

Preparation for deployment to Afghanistan

11 Light Brigade replaced 19 Light Brigade as the lead formation of British forces in Afghanistan, from October 2009 when it assumed command of Task Force Helmand in the Provincial Capital of Helmand, Lashkar Gar, until its handover to 4th Mechanized Brigade in April 2010.


Whilst in Afghanistan, the Brigade worked alongside the US Marine Corps 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (2nd MEB), named Task Force Leatherneck, operating in Helmand Province. 

During Operation HERRICK 11, 11 Light Brigade built up close links with our US counterparts; although they had taken over the majority of the Province in terms of area. Task Force Helmand is responsible for the majority of the populated areas (representing approximately 70% of the population of Helmand Province), including Lashkar Gar, Nad E'Ali, Gereskh, Sangin and Musa Qa'leh.    

Task Force Helmand is predominantly British, although Danish, Estonian and Australian soldiers form a valued multinational element of the Task Force, which, during Op HERRICK 11, was commanded by Brigadier James Cowan OBE.  

Task Force Helmand forms part of the International Stabilisation Assistance Force (ISAF), which currently is commanded by General David Petraeus. This consists of approximately 119,500 troops from 46 nations.


A medal parade and march was held in Winchester on June 23 2010, where 650 soldiers of 11 Light Brigade were awarded their Operational Medals by Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall.

Following the parade, the troops and accompanying guests joined the Duchess of Cornwall in Winchester Cathedral for a service of thanksgiving and remembrance for the 64 soldiers killed in action during the tour.

The brigade has now disbanded and the troops returned to the 12 Regiments from which the brigade was formed.

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