Suffolk: Soldiers serving in Afghanistan prepare to arrive back in Suffolk

SOLDIERS from 1 Royal Tank Regiment will return to RAF Honington today following their deployment as part of 12th Mechanized Brigade in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

A total of 18 soldiers will return today with a further 18 due to return on Friday.

110 soldiers from G Squadron were deployed on Operation Herrick and they are due to be returning in groups over the next four weeks – the last group will be arriving home at the end of October.

G Squadron have been using the Mastiff, a heavily armoured six by six-wheel drive patrol vehicle to bring firepower and armoured support where it was needed, including support to the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment.

Known as the Mastiff Troop the soldiers were involved in fighting insurgents, patrolling towns and villages and providing protected mobility to the troops on the ground.

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96 soldiers from the regiment are due to remain in Afghanistan until the start of November where they will be responsible for delivering Reception, Staging and Onward Integration training, which is mandatory training for soldiers going to Afghanistan.

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