British Army engineers give Afghan soldiers heavy equipment training
Soldiers from 24 Commando Engineer Regiment have trained a team of Afghan National Army (ANA) troops to operate the heavy construction vehicles used in major infrastructure projects such as road-building.
For the past eight weeks, the engineers have been teaching the Afghan soldiers how to operate various pieces of heavy machinery and carry out the tasks required of military engineers on operations.
As the ANA grows and the soldiers increasingly take responsibility for providing security in Helmand, there is a requirement for more infrastructure, whether that be new checkpoints or patrol bases.
At the moment, that work is done by engineers from the Task Force Helmand Engineer Group. However, in order to ensure that the ANA does not remain dependent on ISAF, soldiers from 24 Commando Engineer Regiment have been attached to the Brigade Advisory Group with the specific task of creating a team of specialist Afghan military engineers.