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Keeping 45 Commando’s wheels turning in Helmand

September 2, 2011

Keeping the wheels turning on vehicles of the 45 Commando Royal Marines Battle Group in the Nad ‘Ali (South) area of Helmand province is a team of military engineers. Report by Ian Carr.

An engineer from 45 Commando's Light Aid Detachment makes repairs to a British armoured vehicle. Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

An engineer from 45 Commando's Light Aid Detachment makes repairs to a British armoured vehicle. Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

45 Commando’s Light Aid Detachment (LAD) is responsible for all the vehicles at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Shawqat, and for those at the patrol bases in their operational area.

They often work late into the night, repairing or bolting new kit onto Mastiffs, Huskies, Jackals, Ridgbacks, Wolfhounds and quad bikes. Their forecourt would be the envy of any hardcore four-by-four fanatic.

Engineering support in theatre aims to provide sufficient levels of expertise and equipment to make sure repairs and maintenance take place as far forward as possible. If a vehicle at a patrol base needs fixing, the LAD will send a guy over to help.

Continues at: mod.uk – Keeping 45 Commando’s wheels turning in Helmand

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  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    September 3, 2011 20:02

    Light Aid equipment has a fundamental role for warriors’s security, by maintenaince and repair of vehicles.
    They are dedicated to a specific role, that is important as that of warriors, it is complementary, one may say.

    A big thank to members of Equiment.

    Claudio Alpaca

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