The Duke flew into Camp Bastion on Saturday and stayed overnight at the base. On Sunday morning he had a breakfast meeting with the Commander of Joint Force Support (Afghanistan), Air Commodore John Bessell, when they discussed the deployment of equipment back to the UK.
After breakfast he visited medical staff at the military hospital before travelling to the Joint Aviation Group (JAG). After speaking with the Commander of the JAG, Group Captain Frazer Nicholson, he was able to meet with personnel from 857 Naval Air Squadron and reflect on his previous naval career experience compared to the unit’s modern-day role.
At the JAG he also met Lynx and Apache helicopter air crew from the Army Air Corps. The Duke then flew by helicopter to Main Operating Base Lashkar Gah, where he met with the Commander of Task Force Helmand, Brigadier Rupert Jones.
Brigadier Jones gave a briefing on the work of the Task Force in support of the Afghan security forces who are leading on security in central Helmand for the first time this summer.
While at Lashkar Gah, His Royal Highness also visited the Police Mentoring and Advisory Group (PMAG). Formed from 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS), the PMAG supports the Afghan police as they progress towards providing enduring security across Helmand.
The Duke, who is Royal Colonel of 2 SCOTS, then took the opportunity to travel on to the Lashkar Gah Training Centre, where the Afghan police train their new recruits, to see at first-hand the work of the battalion.
Captain Iain Curren, Adjutant of 2 SCOTS, said:
It was a privilege to host His Royal Highness The Duke of York during his visit to 2 SCOTS. On each occasion the battalion has deployed to Afghanistan His Royal Highness has shown us tremendous support by visiting both the soldiers in Afghanistan and our families back in Scotland.
After enjoying lunch with members of 2 SCOTS, the Duke returned to Camp Bastion and visited personnel from the Force Protection Wing.