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Fusiliers set for return
AS they prepare to return to Tidworth, soldiers from First Fusiliers have handed over control of Patrol Base (PB) Ouellette to the Afghan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP).
The base, which is situated on Route 611 in the district of Nahr-e Saraj, has been home to UK armed forces since July 2011. Its transfer is part of an ongoing base reduction programme which is expected to leave just four forward bases in central Helmand in addition to Camp Bastion by the end of this month.
Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (1 RRF) were stationed at PB Ouellette over the summer to assist the ANCOP in providing security on Route 611.
Brigadier Rupert Jones, commander Task Force Helmand, said: “The handover of Patrol Base Ouellette is another indicator of the progress of the Afghan security forces as a whole that we have seen across central Helmand this summer. This progress has enabled us to reduce our forward bases one by one.”
Lieutenant Colonel Jon Swift, commanding officer of 1 RRF, said: “Over the last six months we have seen a lot of development in this part of Nahr-e Saraj district. Until recently this was one of the most contested areas in central Helmand. The improvement in security is, in large part, thanks to the efforts of the ANCOP to reduce the threat to locals who use the road.”
First Fusiliers have started returning to Tidworth and will be holding a medal parade on Friday, October 25.
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