Navy medics on patrol in Helmand
75 members of the Royal Navy are currently providing nearly 80 per cent of the front line medical cover in Helmand province in support of 3 Commando Brigade’s six-month deployment on Operation HERRICK 14.
Providing lifesaving medical support to over 450 patrols per week, the team of medics can expect to be out on the ground with their infantry colleagues for anything between one and twelve hours at a time.
The team of Navy medics, which have an average age of 25, carry over 80lbs (36kg) of equipment on patrols, including all of their essential medical supplies, body armour, rifle and ammunition.
As well as looking after the British marines and soldiers, the Navy medics also mentor the Afghan warriors who serve alongside the ISAF troops and pass on valuable healthcare advice to the local population.
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