Family, friends and public welcome soldiers home from Afghanistan
3 Dec 12Soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards and the 1st Royal Tank Regiment have all taken part in homecoming parades in recent days, cheered on by family, friends and the public.
On Friday, soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (3 YORKS) took part in a post-deployment parade through Warminster in Wiltshire.
This was an opportunity for the town to officially welcome home the battalion after its demanding but successful role as part of 12th Mechanized Brigade in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on Operation HERRICK 16 between April and October 2012.
The Commanding Officer of 3 YORKS, Lieutenant Colonel Zac Stenning, said:
"We have seen considerable progress over the last six months.
"We undertook 3,300 patrols, 13 major operations, had 240 contacts with the enemy, and saw a 50 per cent reduction in violence in the area we were responsible for.
"Importantly there was a much greater increase in Afghans doing their own security which is what transition is all about.
"The efforts this summer of the battalion and the collective efforts of the wider brigade certainly made a significant difference."
The parade was followed by a service at the Minster Church of St Denys with a role call and an act of remembrance for their nine fallen comrades.
As part of the service the town council granted the Freedom of Warminster to the battalion....
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