Tuesday, May 12, 2009
A battalion of Belfast-based soldiers are regularly running a deadly gauntlet over hostile terrain to deliver vital supplies to British Army outposts in southern Afghanistan.
At the start of their six-month tour of duty, the men and women of 10 Close Support Squadron (10 CS Sqn), 19 Combat Service Support (CSS) Battalion, Royal Logistic Corps, have already made their mark by mounting five large, armed convoys from Camp Bastion to outlying bases, including one to the town of Sangin, in the Helmand River Valley; a 250km round trip, which took three exhausting days.
In April 2009, the soldiers of 10 CS Sqn, based at Kinnegar Logistic Base near Holywood in Northern Ireland, along with troops from 4 CS Sqn and 31 CS Sqn (from Abingdon), as well as TA soldiers from 152 (Ulster) Transport Regiment (Volunteers) based in Palace Barracks, Holywood, took over from 3 Commando Logistic Battalion. Together they form the Combat Support Logistic Regiment of 19 Light Brigade, providing the vital supply function in the Helmand region.
Combat Logistic Patrols (CLPs), as the convoys are called, ensure that the soldiers who man the Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) across Helmand province are fully supported with essential kit and equipment.