26 February 2010


Royal Engineers build new bridge in area seized during Op MOSHTARAK

A Military Operations news article

25 Feb 10

Royal Engineers have built a new bridge across a strategic stretch of the Nahr-e Bughra canal near the town of Shaheed.

Royal Engineers with their equipment

Construction work begins on the 36-metre bridge across the Nahr-e Bughra canal
[Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2010]

The canal and bridge were both seized by British and Afghan forces as part of Operation MOSHTARAK.

Commanders ordered the 36-metre bridge to be put in place because more routes across the Nahr-e Bughra canal, known by soldiers as 'The Neb', were needed to ensure supplies got to infantry troops on the ground.

Corporal John Powney was Bridge Commander for the construction. He said:

"I was delighted with how things went. Before the operation, we talked through the 'what ifs' with the team: mechanical failure, battle casualties. We addressed all the issues. Everyone worked hard and it all went well....

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