Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Navy to plug troop gaps in Afghanistan

1000 Royal Navy personnel will be assigned to Helmand province in Afghanistan to help fight Terry later in the year. It will be the largest land deployment of RN personnel in 50 years and shows how stretched our armed forces have become as the naval ratings fill gaps in the 8000 strong force (3 Commando Brigade) being deployed in September. The RN personnel will serve as drivers, medics, radio operators and other roles and have been training for the 6 month tour in the UK though some training has been hampered by a lack of equipment. Still i suppose with Labour abolishing the fleet the sailors need something to do.

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