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The Mercian Regiment reassures soldier families

Lt Col Giles Woodhouse, Mercian Regiment Commanding Officer
Image caption Lt Col Giles Woodhouse, commanding officer, said recent training was "second to none"

Families of soldiers who are heading out for their first tour of Afghanistan are being reassured about training standards by The Mercian Regiment.

More than 500 soldiers will be taking part in Task Force Helmand.

A and C Company are to go out at the end of March, after B Company deployed earlier this month.

Lt Col Giles Woodhouse, commanding officer, said training received over the last six months "has been second to none".

He said: "Additionally we have a large support base, both in the home base in Germany and also a contingent of soldiers from my battalion working from regimental headquarters and Donington to serve the needs of the community here in the Midlands."

The Mercian Regiment was formed in 2007 when the Cheshire Regiment merged with the Staffordshire Regiment and the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters.

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