image of the day

2 11 2010

Via Defence News

Picture: Sergeant Rupert Frere, Crown Copyright/MOD 2010

Note the continued use of US 6 colour desert (“choc-chip”) camouflage mesh, seventeen years after it passed out of service in the US military! Also of note is the L22A2 carbine version of the standard British 5.56mm rifle, issued to vehicle crews.





mtp in action

22 07 2010

Operation Omid do, Afghanistan. ANA Brigade Commander Col Sheren Shan Koradi and his staff planned and led the operation . 500 ANA troops moved into the area of Yakchal Southeast of Gereshk . An area of insurgent activity the aim was to show the ANA , with ISAF support , can bring security to the area . The ANA have been trained and mentoured by the 1 st Bn ( Royal Scottish Borderers ) (The Royal Regiment of Scotland ) . The Commanding officer of the Bn is Lt Col Charlie Herbert OBE

ANA Brigade Commander Col Sheren Shan Koradi and his staff planned and led the operation . 500 ANA troops moved into the area of Yakchal Southeast of Gereshk .   An area of insurgent activity the aim was to show the ANA , with ISAF support , can bring security to the area .   The ANA have been trained and mentoured by the 1 st Bn ( Royal Scottish Borderers ) , (The Royal Regiment of Scotland ) . The Commanding officer of the Bn is Lt Col Charlie Herbert OBE , Picture shows members of the 1st Battlion of the Royal Scottish Borderers ( The Royal Regiment of Scotland ) and members of the Afghan National Army patrolling into Yakchal Southeast of Gereshk .

Image shows: Lance Corporal Michael McLoughlin cleaning a cut on a local boy's hand with the water from his camelbak drinking system.  Lance Corporal (LCpl) Michael "Doc" McLoughlin is a medic with the Royal Army Medical Corps attached to The Royal Dragoon Guards. He is currently serving with a ground holding unit on the frontline against the Taliban in the southern district of Nad-e-Ali. The patrol base was seized as part of operation Moshtarak early in the year.    LCpl McLoughlin (22) from Manchester is the first line of medical support for the soldiers of C Squadron Royal Dragoon Guards who are currently operating as an infantry unit for their six-month tour of Afghanistan. The patrol base is some two kilometres from other ISAF locations. It regularly comes under fire from insurgents, as do the soldiers who patrol the surrounding area to provide protection and security for the local villagers.

Gurkhas from B Company The 1st Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles provide security for Royal Engineers who are constructing a new road called Route Trident. The new road will allow greater movement for the local Afghans population and help to improve security in the area of Walizi, Helmand Province.    NOTE TO DESKS:   MoD release authorised handout images.   All images remain crown copyright.   Photo credit to read - Sergeant Ian Forsyth RLC

British troops on patrol

Gurkhas from B Company The 1st Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles provide security for Royal Engineers who are constructing a new road called Route Trident. The new road will allow greater movement for the local Afghans population and help to improve security in the area of Walizi, Helmand Province.    NOTE TO DESKS:   MoD release authorised handout images.   All images remain crown copyright.   Photo credit to read - Sergeant Ian Forsyth RLC

Gurkhas from B Company The 1st Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles provide security for Royal Engineers who are constructing a new road called Route Trident. The new road will allow greater movement for the local Afghan population and help to improve security in the area of Walizi, Helmand Province.     NOTE TO DESKS:   MoD release authorised handout images.   All images remain crown copyright.   Photo credit to read - Sergeant Ian Forsyth RLC

The Improvised Explosive Device is the biggest threat to life for troops on the ground in Afghanistan.  Scattered throughout Helmand Province, these indiscriminate weapons kill and maim both ISAF and Afghan soldiers as well as innocent Afghan civilians.    But the tide is turning in the fight against IEDs and the British Armed Forces now have a revolutionary new capability called Talisman which is being used to counter the threat.    15 Field Support Squadron, 21 Engineer Regiment who are based in Ripon, North Yorkshire, are the first troops to use the new system on the ground in Afghanistan.    Talisman is comprised of armoured vehicles, optical cameras and remote controlled vehicles.  This life saving equipment is being used to support Combat Logistics Patrols which can be up to several hundred vehicles in total which trek through the country, delivering vital supplies to bases for the troops on the front line.  Talisman is also starting to be used in combat infantry roles, such as for deliberate route clearances.





image of the day

21 05 2010

Image of the Day: 21 May 2010

Army administrator Lance Corporal Jennifer Garraway (bottom right) and Army medic Lance Corporal Nicola Murray (front, centre), both serving with 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland in Helmand province, have become the first British soldiers to attend the American nine-day Female Engagement Team course which was held at the United States Marine Corps base, Camp Leatherneck, near Camp Bastion. The all-female course focuses on interaction with the local Afghan female population, fostering relationships and gaining the trust and support of Afghans whilst patrolling with infantry soldiers. [Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2010]




image of the day

23 04 2010
"1 Mercians patrol in Helmand in their new MTP uniforms. Note PECOC 'Hybrid DPM' Osprey armour cover."

1 Mercians patrol in Helmand in their new MTP uniforms. Note PECOC 'Hybrid DPM' Osprey armour cover.

Here’s a close up of that armour carrier, clearly showing the Hybrid DPM in bottle green, caramel and earth brown over tan:

"Hybrid DPM Osprey"





brit mtp deployed to helmand

21 04 2010

The first pictures that I’m aware of of the British armed forces wearing their new camouflage design – the Multi-Terrain Pattern (MTP) – in Afghanistan.

Below is Lt Col Paul James, Commanding Officer of 40 Commando  Royal Marines taking over the  Sangin area of operations in Helmand province, from Lt Col Nick Kitson, CO, 3 Rifles.

"MTP at FOB Jackson, Afghanistan"

MTP at FOB Jackson, Afghanistan

In the photo below, we can see that although helmet covers in the new pattern have already been issued, load-bearing vests, webbing and gloves have not. The figure in desert DPMs, helping to load the Chinook HC2 does not appear to be a member of the  Royal Marines.

RM Commandos in MTP camo load a transport helicopter in Afghanistan

RM Commandos in new MTP uniforms load a transport helicopter at Camp Bastion, Helmand, Afghanistan.

Read the story behind the pictures on the excellent Helmand Blog.





image of the day

10 02 2010
"LCpl Ross MacDougall, 1st Battalion Scots Guards, provides force protection during a CASAVAC Training Exercise during 4 Mechanized Brigade's Mission Specific Training (MST) on Salisbury Plain."

Picture: Sergeant Dan Harmer RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2010

Desert DPM: the British Army’s secret new-old multi-terrain camouflage!





image of the day

8 02 2010

Ordinarily, the last place you would expect to wear desert camo. However, believe it or not, Brit desert DPM is a good match for the dead stalks of winter grass.

"4 Mech Bde, Otterburn, 2009"

Picture: Corporal Jim Barron RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2010








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