Thursday, April 23, 2009
2 RIFLES take up the reins in Sangin
2nd Battalion The Rifles have taken over from 45 Commando Royal Marines in Afghanistan as the Battle Group (North), based around the strategically important town of Sangin.
2 RIFLES, based in Ballykinler in Northern Ireland, took over control on Saturday 18 April 2009 as their flag was raised above their headquarters at Forward Operating Base Jackson in Sangin where it will remain in place until October 2009.
The Battalion, part of 19 Light Brigade which took over responsibility for Helmand province at the beginning of April, will receive support during its time in Afghanistan from personnel in all three Services which in total will make up a Battle Group of more than 1,100 troops.