Last group of Royal Marines will return from Afghanistan

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THE last group of Royal Marines to serve in Afghanistan are returning home, the Ministry of Defence has announced.

After more than 10 years of deployments in the war-torn country, troops from 40 Commando Royal Marines have lowered the Royal Navy’s white ensign above their main operating base, MOB Price.

Servicemen from 40 Cdo were the first British troops to deploy to the country in 2001.

Lieutenant Colonel Matt Jackson, the commanding officer of 40 Cdo, said: ‘Working together over the winter, we have given the Afghan Army and the Afghan police confidence in their own abilities to operate together.

‘More importantly, we have given them the belief they can operate independently.’