‘About half an hour in an IED was triggered by the Fire Support Team (FST) vehicle. The force of the blast knocked the 40-tonne Warrior onto its right hand side. When the blast went off soldiers from the second Warrior confirmed people were OK and talking inside the vehicle. At the same time the dismounted troops made best speed over, using the metal detectors in order to avoid any secondary devices.’
In his latest blog, Lance Corporal Ryder, of 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (3 MERCIAN) and currently deployed on Operation HERRICK 14 in Afghanistan, recounts an eventful week which included an armoured patrol vehicle triggering an improvised explosive device. Thankfully there were no serious injuries, although the insurgents said otherwise…
‘This week has been one of the more eventful of the tour.
We started the week with a focus on vehicle check points (VCPs) along Highway 1 and route 601. VCPs serve as an effective deterrent to any insurgents wishing to use the main highways and routes for things such as drug running, weapon and improvised explosive device (IED) transportation. It also gives us a perfect opportunity to collect biometric information from the population of Afghanistan. Due to Highway 1 being one of the main supply routes (MSRs) all the way around Afghanistan, it isn’t just the locals who use it. People from all over the country travel along it, around the clock. As with everything we do, the VCPs have been conducted with maximum input, command and control from the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), although at some points we have had to take over and assist them more. The VCPs we conducted turned out successful, and ended with us gaining a large amount of intelligence about illegal insurgent check points on the MSRs.’
To read the rest of Lance Corporal Ryder’s blog and others similar on the British Army website, click HERE or on the image above.