New Memorial for 29 Commando Regiment in Camp Bastion
This week, a new memorial dedicated to the fallen of 29 Commando Regiment was unveiled during a ceremony in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.
On 18 Jul, the Royal Artillery of 29 Commando Regiment held a ceremony which established their first dedicated memorial to their soldiers killed in action. The special site of remembrance is at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.
During the ceremony Lt Col Richard Smith, Commanding Officer of 29 Commando Regiment, read the names of seventeen gunners who have lost their lives in Afghanistan, six of whom are from the Regiment that he commands. The Commanding Officer said:
“The battle groups had their own memorials but there was never one place that collected together all the members of the Royal Artillery who have fallen during the campaign here so it was right and proper to bring them together in a single place.”
29 Commando Regiment currently heads Task Force Helmand’s Joint Fires and Targeting Group. They say the greatest tribute to comrades who have died is an improving security situation. This is the third tour in Afghanistan for 29 Commando Regiment and some have served on Op HERRICK five times.The Commanding Officer continued to say:
“There is a real sense that our history is very much laid down in Afghanistan.”
The Regimental Sergeant Major, WO1 Jamie Powell added:
“The amount of ammunition that we’ve fired this year compared to previous Op HERRICK tours is absolutely miniscule. We have not even reached the two hundred mark yet. By the end of Herrick Nine we were over twelve thousand so you can see things are getting better.”
The Commanding Officer added:
“This is a sign of the genuine progress which is being achieved here.”