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The Royal Dragoon Guards deployed to Afghanistan on Operation HERRICK 17 where they are helped to develop the Afghan Security Forces.

For this deployment, the emphasis of Task Force Helmand was on the development of the Afghan Security Forces. A great deal of progress was made and, in many areas, Afghan Police and Army operate independently with minimal ISAF assistance.

The Royal Dragoon Guards worked as the Police Mentoring Advisory Group (PMAG), ensuring the continued improvement of policing standards in Afghanistan, a vital part of creating a secure Afghanistan, where civilians can go about their daily lives unimpeded.

They were supported by a squadron of the Queens Royal Lancers, a Company from 1st Battalion, the Royal Gurkha Rifles and a squadron from the Danish Army.

Regional Training Centre

The Regional Training Centre (RTC), situated just outside of Lashkar Gah, was established in 2009 to provide a formalised training course for the ANP to increase the standard of policing across Helmand province. The high profile nature of the task is due to the key role the centre is playing as part of the transition and Afghanistan’s long term stability.

Recruits complete an 8 week course where they undergo training on policing skills such as weapons handling, first aid, and vehicle searches. The recruits also receive literacy training and are familiarised with the Afghan constitution and rule of law.

The Warthog Group

Warthog. A Squadron will be deploying on the Warthog All Terrain Protected Mobility vehicles, an improved version of the Singapore Army Bronco. It can operate in a range of environments including the Green Zone and desert areas of Afghanistan.

With its associated communications, Electronic Counter Measures suite, mine blast protection, load carriage, crew served weapon system and increased tactical mobility & range, it is a considerable enhancement to elements of ground manoeuvre capability in Afghanistan. It has a General Purpose Machine Gun and Heavy Machine Gun and the mount allows accurate, suppressive fire out to 1000m allowing for effective self protection.

The Police Mentoring and Advisory Group

Squadrons working as PATs undertake foot patrols and Mounted patrols. When in the mounted role, soldiers use Mastiffs, Huskys and Foxhounds. These are wheeled patrol vehicles and so have a less intimidating profile than tracked vehicles, giving commanders on the ground more options to deal with the threats they are facing, whilst providing them the freedom of movement to travel safely around their areas of responsibility.

Mastiff. This is a heavily armoured, 6 x six-wheel-drive patrol vehicle which carries eight people, plus two crew, With a maximum speed of 90 kph Mastiff is armed with the latest weapon systems, including a 7.62 mm general purpose machine gun, 12.7 mm heavy machine gun or 40 mm automatic grenade launcher, electronic countermeasures and fitted with additional armour to ensure they have the best possible protection.

Husky. A protected support vehicle, providing commanders with a highly mobile and flexible load carrying vehicle. This has been designed for a range of Afghanistan missions, including transporting food, water and ammunition, and acting as a command vehicle at headquarters.

Foxhound. Joining the Husky, Foxhound is a cutting-edge protected patrol vehicle and provides unprecedented levels of blast protection for its size and weight. It has been specifically designed and built in Britain to protect against the threats our troops face in Afghanistan. It brings a whole new capability to the Army and is ideal for soldiers operating in mentoring and partnering roles, as it makes it easier for them to engage with Afghan Forces and the local population.


In the spring of 2010, following a period of Mission Specific Training (MST), the Royal Dragoon Guards deployed on Op HERRICK 12 to Afghanistan in a variety of mounted and dismounted front-line roles.

B Squadron - deployed as the Protected Mobility Squadron on Mastiff Protected Mobility vehicle. This allows them to move infantry around the battlefield within Helmand Province and provide close fire support from the vehicle's Grenade Machine Guns and Heavy Machine Guns.

C Squadron - deployed as an Afghan National Police Partnering Squadron. Their role was to develop and partner with the Afghan National Police through both vehicle mounted and foot patrols.

D Squadron - deployed as a Brigade level asset on Viking Armoured Vehicle. They have a huge degree of flexibility and mobility and was employed by moving soldeirs around the battlefield and supporting them with the vehicle's mounted weapon systems.

Recce Troop - deployed on Ridgeback as the Force Protection Troop for the Headquarters of Regional Command (South) in order to provide protected mobility and freedom of movement for the Commanding General across his battlespace.

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