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Haverfordwest parade to mark Signal Regiment's return

A soldier from Fire Support Company, 1 Royal Welsh (Crown Copyright/MOD 2010)
The signal squadron was embedded with infantry patrols in Helmand

Soldiers just back from Afghanistan have had a homecoming parade and medal ceremony in a town near their barracks.

Members of 223 Squadron 14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare) returned to the UK on Friday after six months in Helmand province.

They paraded in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, near their barracks at Brawdy, on Monday and were presented with campaign medals by the mayor.

Town council clerk Jane Clark said: "We're very proud to do it."

She said: "It gives recognition to these people who are putting their lives on the line when they are on active duty in what is a very dangerous place to be."

Speaking before the event, mayor Councillor James Campbell said: "This will be a very proud day for our town and it is only right that we recognise the risks these men and women take on a daily basis whilst on active duty."

Around 65 troops, men and women based at Cawdor Barracks, paraded through the town led by a military band.

'Jamming'

The town hosted a parade two years ago by another signals squadron, said Mrs Clark.

The Ministry of Defence website describes the regiment as providing "a robust and sustainable electronic warfare capability" by jamming the electronic systems of targets.

A spokesman for the troops said they landed at RAF Brize Norton on Friday after finishing their tour.

He said they had been scattered throughout Helmand Province to provide close support for a variety of battle groups.

He said: "They were completely embedded among infantry battle groups. They have been immersed in all aspects of operations."



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