A three day operation last week in Sangin Province (Operation Ghartse Palang or 'Lion') carried out by 120 Royal Marines of 45 Commando resulted in the destruction of a Taliban command centre and IED bomb factory and the capture of 70 weapons and ammunition.
Although the commandos took the Taliban completely by surprise, the operation was fraught with danger and was a baptism of fire for some of the younger lads.
Lieutenant-Colonel Jim Morris, Commanding Officer, 45 Commando Group, said his men had “performed superbly”. “They displayed all the trade mark qualities of the Royal Marines executing this dangerous operation with cunning, determination and bravery. Sangin is more stable as a result.”
45 Commando - job done!
The Times: British commandos capture Taliban post
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