Gurkha troops return from Afghanistan to Shornclifee early
Gurkhas from B Company
1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles (1RGR) return home early to
Kent. Pictures: Ministry of Defence
Gurkha soldiers returned home to Kent early today after handing
over their base to local security forces.
The British troops from B Company 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha
Rifles (1RGR) have been stationed at Patrol Base 4 (PB4) in
Helmand’s Nad-e Ali district for the past four months.
Now they are returning to their barracks in Shorncliffe
weeks before their original end of tour date after handing over the
base to Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).
Major Shane Burton, the Officer Commanding B Company 1 RGR in
PB4, said: “Over the three tours I’ve done of Afghanistan there has
been a significant change in the capabilities in the ANSF.
Major Shane Burton, the
Officer Commanding B Company, briefs colleagues on security.
“Their numbers have increased significantly and so has their
attitude towards conducting operations.
"They are now a much more professional force – both the Army and
1 RGR leave having seen considerable differences since their
previous tour at the same base in 2010, when it was hard fought
over by insurgents.
"My wife is waiting for me at home, so it’s exciting to go back and see her" – Corporal Sojet Gauchan
Gauchan , 27, from Bravo Company 1 RGR has completed three previous
tours of Afghanistan.
He said: “Back in 2007 the ANSF were small in numbers and their
effectiveness was not good.
"As we moved on, the mentoring became larger and the tactics and
skills they learnt from the UK forces meant they have progressed
into professional soldiers.
“The task was to hand over the area to the Afghan National
Security Forces and it went pretty well; so our mission was
achieved and that cuts our six months tour down to four months.
“My wife is waiting for me at home, so it’s exciting to go back
and see her - so it is good.”
The Gurkhas have spent the past five months working alongside a
number of British Army colleagues from 4th Mechanized Brigade, “The
B Company 1 RGR return to St John Moore Barracks in Shorncliffe,
where they will continue training in preparation for their move to
Brunei later this year.
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