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British Army engineers give Afghan soldiers heavy equipment training

September 12, 2011

Soldiers from 24 Commando Engineer Regiment have trained a team of Afghan National Army (ANA) troops to operate the heavy construction vehicles used in major infrastructure projects such as road-building.

Engineers from 24 Commando Engineer Regiment work alongside soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment to train Afghan soldiers to use heavy equipment. Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

For the past eight weeks, the engineers have been teaching the Afghan soldiers how to operate various pieces of heavy machinery and carry out the tasks required of military engineers on operations.

As the ANA grows and the soldiers increasingly take responsibility for providing security in Helmand, there is a requirement for more infrastructure, whether that be new checkpoints or patrol bases.

At the moment, that work is done by engineers from the Task Force Helmand Engineer Group. However, in order to ensure that the ANA does not remain dependent on ISAF, soldiers from 24 Commando Engineer Regiment have been attached to the Brigade Advisory Group with the specific task of creating a team of specialist Afghan military engineers.

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  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    September 12, 2011 21:55

    A good training for a big utilitty.
    Infracstructures are indispensable for British and Afghan soldiers, as they relate with teir security and the duty of patrol, essential in Helmand and other zones of Afghanistan.
    Engineers are doning a vital support on this contest with their activity and, more, with a formation of Afghan military engioneers.
    We have to thanks them for their activities; it id due.
    Claudio Alpaca

  2. Shadowman permalink
    September 13, 2011 12:23

    Good stuff! This is what it’s all about, passing on the skills.

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