Tuesday, December 15, 2009

First of the five hundred Welsh Warriors arrive in Afghan

The first of the five hundred extra British troops stepped off a C-130 Hercules aircraft at Camp Bastion in the early hours of this morning. They landed at 5.05am on Tuesday 15th December 2009.

The soldiers are from The 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) and set off initially from their headquarters at Dale Barracks in Chester.

Stepping off the plane into the cold night air of Camp Bastion;

Cpl Andrew Wrigley said, “It feels good, we’ve come to back-up the guys who are already here and hopefully make a bit of a difference.”

2nd Lieutenant John Murphy said, “It feels good, it feels like you’re doing an important job. It’s good to finally get out here.”

Fusilier Calvin Owen, “We’ve just been waiting to get out here really, so we’re out here now, let’s do the job. It’s good.”

The troops will undergo a special in-theatre training package before deploying onto the ground alongside the 9000 other British troops in Afghanistan.

In the coming weeks and months, it is expected the soldiers of 1 Royal Welsh will conduct a variety of roles to include the mentoring of Afghan National Army and Police.


  1. The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 12/15/2009 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

  2. keep your heads down lads.

    Nick from Maidstone, ex RE