We use cookies to improve your experience on our website and ensure the information we provide is more relevant. If you continue without changing your cookie settings, we will assume you are happy to accept all cookies on the Army website. You can change your cookie settings at any time.


What does QDG do on operations?

As an example of the varied career this is what the Regiment did on its last operational tour. QDG deployed to Afghanistan in September 2011 on Op HERRICK 15, a six-month tour, in four different roles.

A Squadron

Advising the Afghan National Army. This involved living, training and fighting with Afghan Army improving the Afghan Army’s long term capacity and capability. A Squadron operated in an infantry role alongside other British units.

Captain Ben Matthews

"Advising the Afghan National Army (ANA) was an incredible experience, many of the Afghans were exceptional soldiers and incredibly brave. I got great professional satisfaction out of my tour having really seen the improvements to the Afghans I was advising, thanks to the training provided by my team".

B Squadron

Brigade Reconnaissance (BR) Squadron. B Squadron was on occasions partnered with the Afghan Army and it was used to provide an armoured presence and flank protection for operations and security along the main Helmand Province Highways. The soldiers of B Squadron operated on Scimitar armoured vehicles which had the very effective 30mm Rarden cannon and Jackals which had Heavy Machine Guns (HMG) and Grenade Machine Guns (GMG).

LCpl Nicky Maunder

"OP HERRICK 15 was a good experience; I had been to Afghanistan before on HERRICK 9 but this time I was a gunner on the lead call sign in my troop and was much more aware of what was happening on bigger scale. We spent periods varying from 1-4 weeks out on Patrol over-watching the main highways in Helmand Province and providing security. It was certainly a big responsibility being the lead vehicles gunner as we were likely to be the first to know of any enemy activity".

C Squadron

Brigade Reconnaissance Force (BRF). One of the best roles available to troops in Afghanistan, they conducted offensive action usually using helicopter insertion aiming to take both insurgent personnel and equipment off the battlefield. Using a far wider range of weapons and equipment to achieve great success, the BRF was the envy of regular infantry units.

LCpl Bojang

"During OP HERRICK 15 I was a Light Machine Gun (LMG) gunner and a driver. As a Squadron the majority of our role was as a Helicopter assault Force onto suspected enemy compound areas, looking for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), weapons and anything that would reduce the insurgents' ability to fight.

"We did lots of training for the role to a very high standard, from being a new Trooper to being part of a fully fledged and well drilled Troop was an awesome experience. After the tour we did some great Adventure Training as part of recuperation and I am now looking forward to doing the next tour as a Fireteam commander in the BRF".

Regimental Headquarters

Led by Commanding Officer QDG, in command of the Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) Group.

The BRF, FR Squadron and Warthog Group (Armoured Personnel Carriers) all came under the ISTAR Group's command.

Vehicle convoy

Share this page

Bookmark and Share