A British commander has warned international forces against “rushing for the exit” in Afghanistan. Brigadier Patrick Sanders, commander of 20th Armoured Brigade, told a briefing in London that Afghan security forces are increasingly taking charge across the British area of operations in central Helmand. But he cautioned, the gains that have been made, are not yet irreversible.
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Afghanistan: No ‘rush for the exit’ 24.04.12
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British soldiers of the Brigade Advisory Group have taken part in the first major Afghan National Army offensive of the spring. British soldiers of the Brigade Advisory Group have taken part in the first major Afghan National Army offensive of the spring. Read more: www.army.mod.uk
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Operation Shafuq – Afghanistan spring offensive
The Army have won this year’s inter services Championship after beating the Navy 48 points to 9. A record Army Navy crowd of 65000 were at Twickenham on Saturday to watch as the men in red ran in 6 tries to sink their opponents.
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Army retain Inter-Services Championship 30.04.12
The Queen presented new Colours to the country’s oldest regiment today as its soldiers became the first to wear her Diamond Jubilee medal on parade. Under grey skies, the Queen, Colonel-in-Chief of the Coldstream Guards, gave the unit’s 1st and 2nd Battalions new regimental banners at Windsor Castle. The officers and soldiers, immaculate in their scarlet tunics and bearskins, lined up to be inspected by the Queen and proudly wore the new military honour minted to mark her 60-year reign. In stands overlooking the castle’s quadrangle their wives, girlfriends and parents shivered in summer dresses and suits as a light rain steadily fell. The Coldstream Guards is the oldest regiment in the British Army, having been in unbroken service to the nation since 1650. The 2nd Battalion is known as the No 7 Company and just performs ceremonial duties. In 1660 General George Monck was instrumental in the restoration of the monarchy and today’s parade is an extension of the tradition of loyalty to the Crown. The Queen praised the Coldstream Guards in a speech to the soldiers after the ceremony. She said: “Thirteen years have passed since I presented you with the Colours which have just been marched off “Since then, there have been many changes in your ranks, but the spirit of the regiment has remained intact through all the challenges and dangers which you have been required to face. “Pre-eminent in ceremonial duties, like the other members of the Household Division Family, the …
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Queen presents four new Colours 03.05.12
Soldiers from 16 Air Assault Brigade are training to maintain their role as the British Army’s Rapid Reaction Force. More than 1600 troops are taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior in southwest Scotland. The training is a key step in maintaining the skills necessary for the Airborne Task Force (ABTF) role, which sees the Colchester-based 16 Air Assault Brigade ready to deploy anywhere in the world at five days notice. The exercise scenario sees the area of West Freugh airfield representing part of an area disputed by two fictional nations named Pastonia and Dragonia, which are divided by economic and ethnic factors. Learn more: www.army.mod.uk
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Paras practice airborne skills during Exercise Joint Warrior
Members of the Army Water-ski and Wakeboard Association have travelled to Turkey for their annual pre-season training camp. Great weather, world class facilities and top coaches, have given the team the best possible opportunity to train hard for the season.
Army watersports team making waves 01.05.12