UK soldiers hand over Nad ‘Ali patrol base to Afghan Police
Members of 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment (‘The Vikings’) have handed over control of Patrol Base Silab in Nad ‘Ali to the Afghan security forces.
By capitalising on the growing capability of the Afghan security forces and previous gains made by ISAF, Patrol Base Silab has been handed over to the Afghan National Civil Order Police. This is the first checkpoint to be handed over to Afghan security forces in Nad ‘Ali and is a key stage in the transition to complete Afghan security control.
The Vikings have been working in Nad ‘Ali since their recent deployment to Helmand in March. The district is the large agricultural heartland of central Helmand stretching between the urban centres of Gereshk and Lashkar Gah.
The early stages of transition in the district began last winter. Over the coming months further checkpoint handovers are expected as the Afghan forces take on more responsibility for security in the area.