40 Commando troops return to Somerset from Afghanistan

The first Royal Marines from Somerset-based 40 Commando have returned from Afghanistan for the last time.

All 650 troops from the unit are flying back from their final tour of the country in a staggered withdrawal over the next few months.

They have been part of a task force to train Afghan National Security Forces in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of central Helmand.

Four personnel have lost their lives since the last tour began.

Commanding Officer, Lt Col Matt Jackson said: "What we do when we come back from the tour is we have a period of reflection and a period of putting things into context, and making sure that we do the right thing by the families.

"Our main thoughts are with the families in what must be an unbelievably heart-wrenching time."

Fifty 40 Commando troops returned to their base at Norton Manor Camp near Taunton just before 16:00 GMT on Wednesday.

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