30 Aug '12, 4pm

Royal Marines ready for Afghanistan deployment

40 Cdo will be based in Nahr-e Saraj, one of the biggest districts in central Helmand, supporting and mentoring the Afghan National Security Forces in preparation for transition in 2014 rather than fighting insurgents. Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Matt Jackson said: "Nahr-e Saraj has the full spectrum of everything from very peaceful, very quiet villages to very contested areas where neither the insurgency or the Government of Afghanistan has the lead. "It is all about better security. If you deliver better security it brings lots of others things. "There is more optimism among the Afghans because they're less worried about security." To prepare for getting out on the ground, 40 Cdo have just completed Exercise Pashtun Dawn on Salisbury Plain; the final rehearsal for the deployment. Ahead of HERRICK 17, Marines from 40 Cdo said they were fully prepared and ready t...

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