21 February 2011

UK In Action: Guarding Route Trident

A member of 2 Scots mans a machine gun as members of 9 Parachute Squadron 23 Engineer Regiment construct the next phase of Route Trident. This phase has seen them tackle a challenging piece of terrain known as the “Culvert of Doom” close to the Patrol base Nahidullah. The road is being solidly constructed using carpet-like membranes, tough plastic neo cells and high quality aggregates and stone, which should hold together well despite heavy vehicles and harsh weather conditions. Local people themselves are being employed to carry out some of the work which brings welcome cash into the area's economy. The engineers have heavily committed to an operation to build across the Loy Mandeh. In the clear phase, the combat engineers provided explosive breaching to enable 2 Scots to break into insurgent strongholds. Holding work included the reinforcing of compounds, and the construction of Sangers. Route Trident is now being extended across the Mandeh. The terrain is harsh and challenging; plenty of airborne initiative has been required.

img from UK MoD

By: Widow 6-7

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