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Barnstaple Based Commandos Return Home from Afghanistan

Barnstaple Based Commandos Return Home from Afghanistan
Barnstaple Based Commandos Return Home from Afghanistan
Barnstaple Based Commandos Return Home from Afghanistan

Barnstaple-based Royal Marine Commandos from the Commando Logistics Regiment (CLR) began their return to the UK this evening, flying into Exeter airport.

Charged with the provision and improvement of logistics support across Helmand Province, Southern Afghanistan, Op HERRICK 9 has been a busy and relentless tour for the men of the CLR. “I am delighted to take the time to pay tribute to each of the squadron’s achievements,” said Colonel Andy Maynard Royal Marines, CLR Commanding Officer.

“Most significant for me is the progress which CLR has made. Since taking over in September; we have produced an entirely new Counter Improvised Explosive Device strategy, ensuring our tactics against this rising threat are as proactive and current as possible.”

Not only did CLR improve on their own working practices and conditions, they made huge inroads to engaging with ISAF partners and Helmand neighbours.  Working with Danish forces, they have established a lasting relationship and forged new friendships.

“Our long standing special relationship with the US forces, in particular the US Marine Corps (USMC), has also come on in bounds,” added Col Maynard, “wherever possible we have shared strategies, equipment and planning expertise to significantly improve our business.”

CLR continues to tirelessly underpin the activities of 3 Commando Brigade which began returning from Afghanistan this week in a carefully coordinated move.

On his return to the South-West, Col Maynard paid tribute to the regiment, “Ordinary people achieving extraordinary results – I’m very proud to be one of them,” he said.