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Afghanistan medals for 29 Commando Royal Artillery

About 300 gunners from Plymouth-based 29 Commando Royal Artillery have been presented with campaign medals for their work in Afghanistan.

The commandos returned to their base at the Citadel in October after a six-month deployment to Helmand province.

Before being presented with their medals, a special thanksgiving service was held in the city's St Andrew's Church.

The regiment is due to parade through Plymouth on Friday.

'Job well done'

While deployed, the regiment served alongside Plymouth's 42 Commando, co-ordinated air support from fast jets and Apache attack helicopters and took part in joint operations with the Afghan National Army.

They also mentored Afghan police, drawing on their experience from patrols in Plymouth with Devon and Cornwall Police.

Commanding officer Lt Col Richard Smith told BBC News the regiment had been involved in a "real spectrum of activity", which included civic community work and "some gritty fighting".

It was the third tour of duty for 29 Commando and Lt Col Smith said he could see "significant progress" had been made in the country.

During the church service, padre Karl Freeman said the work done by the regiment in Afghanistan had "made a positive difference".

"The measure of success is a job well done," he said.

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