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It’s official, Herrick 14 has begun.

April 10, 2011

3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines have today taken command of Task Force Helmand in Afghanistan, officially marking the start of Operation HERRICK 14.

In a short ceremony at the headquarters of Task Force Helmand in Lashkar Gah, Brigadier James Chiswell MC, Commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade formally handed over to Brigadier Ed Davis OBE, Commander of 3 Commando Brigade.

Click on the image below to view a short video of the Transfer of Authority Ceremony.

Over the next six months, the Brigade will look to build upon the achievements made by 16 Brigade since they arrived in Helmand in October 2010.

Brigadier Chiswell says it has been a significant tour:

“We have continued to strengthen relations with our Afghan partners in the Army, Police and Helmand provincial government. This has enabled us, alongside our ISAF coalition partners, to build up their capacity to provide security and protect the local people from the insurgents.

“Alongside the Provincial Reconstruction Team, we have continued to stabilise insecure areas and the men and women of 16 Air Assault Brigade – some of who have made the ultimate sacrifice – and their families can be proud of the immense contribution they have made to improve the lives of the Afghan people.”

Brigadier Ed Davis said:

“Over the last six months, Brigadier Chiswell and 16 Air Assault Brigade have made tangible progress throughout their area of operations. Our main objective is to continue to build on their success and move closer to setting the conditions for the transfer of security authority from ISAF to the Afghan National Army and Police.”

“We appreciate it is no easy task. There will continue to be tough fighting this summer as we consolidate gains and help facilitate the spread of governance to more towns and villages. However, I am confident that our excellent training has prepared us for the challenge that lies ahead.”

The transfer of authority ceremony was also attended by the Head of the Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team, Michael O’Neill and the Commander of Regional Command South West, Major General John A. Toolan Jnr.

Six and a half thousand personnel from the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force make up Task Force Helmand (TFH). 3 Commando Brigade will be the lead formation in TFH until October 2011.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. April 10, 2011 14:11

    Stay safe guys
    God bless

  2. April 10, 2011 14:14

    Best of luck guys, you’re doing an amazing job! Have a safe tour!

  3. Suzyboo permalink
    April 10, 2011 14:40

    Stay safe guys, and come home soon!

  4. lindsay permalink
    April 10, 2011 15:02

    Have a safe tour everyone. so proud of the job you are all doing out there. god bless.x

  5. nldjohn permalink
    April 10, 2011 15:27

    Stay safe…..our son has 21 days to go before leaving PB1 and heading for Camp Bastion and home!

  6. Tina permalink
    April 10, 2011 15:55

    Stay safe our heroes God be with you you are doing an amazing job xx

  7. jack permalink
    April 10, 2011 16:21

    we are all so proud of the op herrick 13 soldiers and wish all of you a safe and productive tour. god bless and keep the faith. xo

  8. Emmanuel D.St. Schiess permalink
    April 10, 2011 21:03

    stay safe and thank you so much for all you do making my life and the life of my family also safe here in switzerland

  9. Shadowman permalink
    April 11, 2011 10:46

    A huge “THANK YOU!” to 16 Air Assault Brigade, and good luck to 3 Commando Brigade!
    Follow the advice of the legendary Private Jones –
    “They don’t like it up ’em, sir…..”

  10. elaine farquharson permalink
    April 11, 2011 12:05

    stay safe boys girls your the real heroes.xx

  11. J Mackenzie permalink
    April 11, 2011 16:33

    My son is in 3 para he should be home in 16 days can’t wait really proud of him and all the other Herod good look for op herrick 14 stay safe x

  12. Barbara Suzuki permalink
    April 12, 2011 11:45

    Well done to all in Operation Herrick 13 (including my son), and all the very best to those in operation 14.

  13. C Hudson permalink
    April 15, 2011 03:23

    My son Jack should be home in a few weeks too from herrick 13. I don’t think the guys out there realise just how much of a difference they have made to the people in Afghanistan. Maybe when they return and see the mod website and afghan blogs they will feel proud of themselves. They have transformed no go areas to safe, thriving villages where the children can grow up safely with a good education. Absolute respect to you all. x

    • C Hudson permalink
      April 15, 2011 03:24

      And my son is with 3 para too out there and is a Lancashire lad!

  14. angie permalink
    April 25, 2011 11:20

    keep safe guy’s, my son is on his 1st tour of duty in afgan with 58 sqn RAF, come home soon.

  15. December 3, 2011 18:52

    always be strong.

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