Eight KM long convoy with 116 vehicles drive 70km to resupply bases in Afghanistan

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Eight KM long convoy with 116 vehicles drive 70km to resupply bases in Afghanistan

A convoy stretching for eight kilometers and consisting of more than one hundred UK, US and Afghan National Army vehicles set off recently to resupply coalition bases in northern Helmand.

The 116-vehicle convoy, one of the biggest to ever leave Camp Bastion, was travelling a dangerous 70km to bases in the Sangin Valley via the outskirts of Gereshk and then off-road through open desert.

Captain Gareth Lowe, the Operations Officer for Camp Bastion's Close Support Logistic Regiment, said:

"We're going to fight these vehicles through no matter what the enemy throw at us."

Combat Logistic Patrols such as this supply all of the Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) and Patrol Bases across the province with medical supplies, food, water, ammunition and morale-boosting mail.

The FOBs are essential for coalition forces as they attempt to impose reconstruction and security in Helmand.

This makes the convoys a prime target for insurgents.

Capt Lowe added:
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We're very, very well protected, all our vehicles have weapons on, you'd have to be very well armed to have a go at us. We've also got our own Manoeuvre Operations Group [MOG] in Vikings acting as a screen for the convoy and clearing the path ahead of us.

We've also got air support from Apache attack helicopters and, unusually for a UK convoy, US forces with us. You'd have to be completely off your rocker to pick a fight with us.
After almost a full day of driving non-stop in temperatures of 50C plus through some of the world's most inhospitable and dangerous deserts, the convoy arrived intact at its first base.

Capt Lowe said:
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Unfortunately we had an IED [improvisedexplosive device] strike on one of our MOG vehicles. Apart from that it was a run of the mill convoy patrol. It's not glamorous, it's dirty, it's dusty, it's hot, and it's particularly hard work, but vital we get through.

I think our boys and girls have been very professional. When we first got here it was a very steep learning curve. We've got some young soldiers who are driving these vehicles and they are now without a shadow of doubt the best in the world at what they do.
The Close Support Logistic Regiment is made up of various logistics units whilst operating in Afghanistan. It is made up predominantly of 19 Combat Service Support Battalion based at Kinnegar Logistic Base, Northern Ireland, and units from Dalton Barracks in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

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The new Panther escorts the Combat Logistic Patrol through the streets of Sangin

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The resupply convoy to Forward Operating Base Jackson in Sangin is one of the biggest to ever leave Camp Bastion

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A Mastiff is one of various vehicles providing Force Protection for the Combat Logistic Patrol

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A soldier gives a thumbs up as the Combat Logistic Patrol reaches Forward Operating Base Jackson in Sangin

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By netchicken: posted on 21-8-2009








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