Gosport medics off to Afghanistan warzone

Sgt David Curran, 33, from Gosport.
Sgt David Curran, 33, from Gosport.

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MEDICS from 33 Field Hospital are heading to Afghanistan to take on the running of the field hospital at Camp Bastion.

Members of the Gosport-based unit are leaving this week for a six-month deployment to the warzone.

The tour will see 33 Field Hospital take charge of the medical centre, as well as mentoring Afghan forces in readiness for eventual British withdrawal from the country.

Lieutenant Colonel Steve Archer is the commanding officer of the unit.

He said: ‘Everybody feels ready to go. My unit has been preparing for this deployment for nearly 14 months.

‘We are very clear that we are heading towards the end in Afghanistan from a UK perspective. Our role had unchanged – we are to provide the utmost level of care.

‘We are also likely to be involved in further developing the Afghan national security forces’ medical capability.’

An advance team of troops left for Afghanistan at the weekend to prepare for the arrival of hundreds of other medics.

Many others will deploy this week, and some at later stages.

The unit spent the last week training at an Army base in Strensall, York.

The base there has a replica of the Camp Bastion field hospital.