Wiltshire troops to trek across Salisbury Plain to new headquarters

British troops in Afghanistan
Image caption Ministry of Defence photo showing British troops on an operation in southern Afghanistan

A Wiltshire-based battalion will march across Salisbury Plain later to mark a change of role and location.

2 Military Intelligence Battalion from Netheravon, Salisbury, will now be known as 2 Military Intelligence (Exploitation) Battalion.

It will support the Intelligence Exploitation Force in Afghanistan and give support to troops on the ground.

A flag-raising ceremony will take place at midday, followed by the walk a new base at Trenchard Lines.

The distance from their old base in Salisbury to their new headquarters, at Upavon near Devizes, is approximately 4.5 miles (7km).

The organisation's new role consists of intelligence gathering on the ground, including the collection of items such as documents, mobile phones, or even improvised explosive device (IED) components.

Any useful information gathered at the scene can then be passed on directly to the commander on the ground.

Technical experts in the fields of forensics, and biometrics and chemical exploitation, are then responsible for carrying out intelligence gathering and any detained personnel.

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