Troops will fly out to Afghanistan this week (Pictures: Crown Copyright).
Paratroopers from B Company, 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) are preparing to deploy to Afghanistan as part of the UK's support in the country.
Sixty Colchester-based soldiers are deploying to Kabul this week as part of a battlegroup built around 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles (1 RGR).
Their role in the country is to protect military and civilian advisors working in government ministries, as well as UK advisers based at the Afghan National Army Officers’ Academy.
The wider NATO mission in Afghanistan focuses on the training of Afghan security forces so they can secure their own country.
Ahead of the mission, troops have been carrying out extensive training with a focus on working from Foxhound protected patrol vehicles, used to move around Kabul.
Major Dave Mans, Officer Commanding B Coy 3 PARA, said: "Our training with 1 RGR has been well-resourced and gone really well, and I’m confident that we’re as prepared as we could be for the challenges ahead.
"As paratroopers, the guys are well trained and ready for operations, it’s just been a case of learning the nuances and adapting what we do to suit the situation in Kabul.
"It’s been fantastic to watch everyone come on during the training, we’ve all worked together to develop the skills and knowledge that we’ll need to make the right decisions when we’re in Afghanistan."
Twenty-eight soldiers from 3 PARA will fly out this evening.
Earlier this year, it was announced the UK will send 440 more troops to Afghanistan taking the number of British personnel in the country to more than a thousand.