The Yorkshire Regiment
Lt Col Sam Humphris - Commanding Officer
The 2nd Battalion is now the Kabul Protection Unit and the focus for Operation TORAL 5. It is a responsibility that we will hold for the next eight months and one that we are privileged to have; especially so because we share it with our brothers from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Finland and Denmark. It is an eclectic mix but a powerful one and the officers and soldiers from the other nations are all experienced and very good. The Kabul Security Force is the only British One Star command in Afghanistan and the Kabul Protection Unit is its only manoeuvre unit. As such, our activity is orientated solely around the capital and is designed to support the essential train, advise, assist effort there and to deliver incident response.
For me, it has been a delight to see how assured and confident our soldiers are on operations. I am very proud to say they have already generated a reputation for precision, accuracy and professionalism – something that many of the other nations we work alongside have remarked upon. I am not surprised because they have been superb throughout mission specific training and drawn high praise at each of our collective training events. I told the Battalion prior to mission specific training, that I had not served in a Battalion more ready for operations or one that I was more confident of being excellent on operations; and thus far that assertion has been absolutely validated.
Finally, let me say how grateful we are for the support we have enjoyed both from the County and from the Regimental family. More than a million people on social media viewed the Richmond Drumhead Service and pre-deployment blessing and the associated messages of support have been inspiring. Thank you.
The Foxhound is at the cutting edge of protected patrol vehicle technology and provides unprecedented levels of blast protection for its size and weight. These patrol vehicles underwent final testing in the dusty and hot conditions of the Helmand desert before being deployed on operations.
Foxhound has been specifically designed and built in Britain to protect against the threats faced by troops in Afghanistan. However, this is an agile and versatile vehicle that will be a mainstay in the Army for years to come.
Being lighter and smaller than other protected vehicles such as Mastiff and Ridgeback, Foxhound brings a whole new capability to the Army and is ideal for soldiers operating in mentoring and partnering roles.
Foxhound has a top speed of 70mph but can still protect against improvised explosive devices thanks to its v-shaped hull.
Weapons Mounted Installation Kit Landrover used by 2 YORKS. Crew of 3 and armed with a 7.62mm nachine Gun, smoke dischargers and with a max speed of 52kph
General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG)
The L7A2 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) is a 7.62 x 51mm belt-fed general purpose machine gun which can be used as a light weapon and in a sustained fire (SF) role.
In the SF role, mounted on a tripod and fitted with the C2 optical sight, it is fired by a two-man team who are grouped in a specialist Machine Gun Platoon to provide battalion-level fire support. In SF mode, the GPMG, with a two-man crew, lays down 750 rounds-per-minute at ranges up to 1800 metres.
The GPMG can be carried by foot soldiers and employed as a light machine gun (LMG), although it has largely been replaced by the lighter 5.56 x 45mm Minimi in this role, in most regiments. A fold-out bipod is used to support the GPMG in the LMG role.
Versions of the GPMG are mounted on most Army vehicles and some helicopters.
Husky is a protected support vehicle, providing a highly mobile and flexible load carrying vehicle.
The Husky has been designed for a range of missions in Afghanistan, including transporting food, water and ammunition, and acting as a command vehicle at headquarters.
Equipped with a machine gun, Husky joins its sister vehicles Wolfhound and Coyote as part of the tactical support vehicle programme. Some vehicles are fitted out as specialised recovery vehicles or fitted with a heavy machine gun or grenade machine gun.