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    RoyalGreenJacket
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    a Sniper from the Royal Irish Regiment on board a RAF Merlin helicopter:



    looking good.

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  • apc
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    Originally posted by RoyalGreenJacket View Post

    no rest for the wicked, places to go, people to kill.
    You got that right

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  • RoyalGreenJacket
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    Out of interest after ops such as these does any type of permanent presence remain in the area afterwards?
    sometimes, but not always - depends on the Operation and its objectives. from what i am told the tendency now is to get the ANA embedded in ground we take so they can babysit their own patch.

    we could always do with more boots on the ground - even if we [American and British troops] went in and cleared areas of Taliban it would be good if other nations could commit ground troops in static positions to dominate the ground, but our lads always have another objective in their sights.

    no rest for the wicked, places to go, people to kill.

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    Out of interest after ops such as these does any type of permanent presence remain in the area afterwards?

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  • RoyalGreenJacket
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  • Royal Irish Regiment mounts its largest air assault since 1945

    The 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment (1 R IRISH) Battle Group has mounted the largest air assault operation in the history of the regiment since 1945, when soldiers from the regiment landed on the east bank of the Rhine during World War Two.


    Merlin and Chinook helicopters deploying with Royal Irish Rangers

    Op TORA ZHEMAY VI (Courageous Winter) took place at the end of February 2011 and involved the insertion of three companies by helicopter in one wave, followed by an 'advance to contact' to link up with a further three companies in containment positions to the west, north and east of the target area of Zaborabad in Helmand province.

    Zaborabad was the target for the operation, where the aim was to disrupt and degrade the insurgents' ability to attack into Sayedabad, which 1 R IRISH have spent five months fighting to secure:

    "We had shed a lot of blood there," Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Colin Weir said in a report on the operation.

    "So had the enemy; it turned out that the fighting in Zaborabad in the weeks preceding the air assault operation had achieved just the desired effect.

    "Zaborabad had no permanent ISAF or Afghan security force presence and so the people were ambivalent towards us. If we were to stay there, they would come in behind us, but for the moment they hedged their bets, in fear of Taliban retribution. They needed confidence in us."

    Preparations for the operation started weeks ago:

    "We went through the start of the planning process prior to my going on R&R [Rest & Recuperation]," Lt Col Weir explained.

    "On my return, I fully expected that complications would conspire to make this hugely complex and ambitious plan come to nothing.

    "I was wrong - on my return from the UK the operation was good to go, the aircraft were available and the weather looked good (enough)."


    Soldiers from the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment Battle Group inside a Chinook helicopter deployed on Op TORA ZHEMAY VI

    The 1 R IRISH Air Assault Force was a mixed body of the 1 R IRISH Battle Group Tactical Headquarters, D Company, 1 R IRISH, A Company, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, a company of Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers, and a platoon of US Marines:

    "It was an experience that none who were involved will easily forget," Lt Col Weir said.


    British and American soldiers from the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment Battle Group disembark from Chinook helicopters deployed on the Op.

    read more here: www.mod.uk/royal_irish_assault

    well done lads, great to see so many Irishmen doing such great things.
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