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THE headquarters of the British military operation in Afghanistan has moved from Lashkar Gah to Camp Bastion, marking a major milestone in the conflict.
For seven years, Lashkar Gah has been the location where all British military operations had been planned and commanded.
Key staff from the Lashkar Gah contingent - which is led by 1 Mechanized Brigade - flew via Chinook helicopter to Camp Bastion on August 9 to join an advance party already in place.
The move is part of British plans for the withdrawal of all combat troops by the end of 2014 and has been described as one of the most complex headquarters moves since the Second World War.
The Lashkar Gah base is still open, however, for reconstruction and local liaison workers. A small number of British troops are still based there for force protection.
The task of closing British bases and moving equipment back to the UK has been under way since October 2012.
There are currently 11 British bases remaining, down from 137. By October of this year that number is set to be around five.
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