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UN-sung heroes - Kent's work in the


Mediterranean, page 9


early autumn sun as HMSArk Royal leaves Rosyth for the first time in more than two


" Go Forth into the world in peace... Scotland's great artery glimmers under the


year to begin sea trials.


The fiat-top has undergone a £25m overhaul which has seen the 21-year-old ship converted into a strike carrier and


helicopter assault ship like her older sister Illustrious.


! Ark's roar power, page 4 Picture: CPOA(Phot) Key Preece, HMSArk Royal


IN THE THICK OF THE FIGHT


Marines and Fleet ROYAL


as they face intense fight and hostile action almof


daily in Afghanistan. Navy Harriers have fired more weapons in


just a fortnight's operations against Taliban and insurgent forces than any of their RAF


taken over from the Paras as the principal British force in theatre - and was engaged with rebel troops within days of arriving.


predecessors sent to the region. On the ground, 3 Commando Brigade has


life of one green beret from 45 Commando andgravely wounded his comrade in a suicide bomb attack on a


Tragically, insurgents have already claimed the


military convoy - which also claimed the lives of two Afghan children. Brig Jerry Thomas, in charge of 3 Commando


IiJ" il AcielJA 1 Air Arm crews are in the line 01[fire


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Mi.T&Q, e and the senior British officer in


led Helmand province, said his m I continue their task to try to hr :e to the land.


"Our thoughts are very much th the families and friends of


those killed and injured in this indiscriminate and cowardly


attack. But this has not deterred us from our mission," he said.


Around 3,000 Royal Navy personnel -commandos, ground and air crew, and medics - are


autumn (the other is the amphibious deployment to west Africa).


and prevent Taliban fundamentalists and other insurgents from plunging Helmand into chaos.


Their aim is to support efforts to stabiliseAfghanistan Al ;101;101 :J" let IL 9 -1 of two main 'thrusts' by Senior Service this deployed on Operation Herrick or


800 Naval Air Squadron, based at Kandahar field, has taken over from the RAF as the


call aerial punch for British andAllied forces theatre.


its new role as a strike bomber squadron operating the GR7 version of the fabled


It is rapidly becoming accustomed to


jump jet, which are heavily in demand from ground forces. "From the moment we took over from


than any of its previous Air Force counterparts in recent times."


N Royals hit the ground running, page 3 ! A pilot's eveview of life in Afghanistan, page 8


more weapons in its first two weeks in theatre


in the thick of the action," said pilot Ii Adam Hogg. "800 Naval Air Squadron has dropped


the outgoing RAF squadron we have been


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