Royal Marines return from Afghanistan to heroes’ welcome
Royal Marines from M Company of 42 Commando have returned home to a rapturous welcome from friends and family after a successful combat deployment in Afghanistan.
The 100 commandos from Bickleigh Barracks, Plymouth, were greeted by roughly twice as many cheering loved ones at Exeter Airport last night, Tuesday 25 October 2011. Waving banners and balloons, excited children wearing t-shirts bearing welcome messages waited expectantly for their parents. The event was also marked by informal tributes to those comrades who died on the front line.
For the past six months, 42 Commando Royal Marines has been serving on the front line in Afghanistan as part of 3 Commando Brigade, on a demanding tour which has recorded progress in stabilising the southern Afghan province of Helmand.