1 R IRISH, Op HERRICK 4, Helmand, Afghanistan.

Tuesday, 4 April, 2006 - Sunday, 1 October, 2006

Thirty volunteers from across the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment were grouped and prepared to deploy as Ranger Platoon with the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment Battle Group on Operation HERRICK 4 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. By the end of February, Ranger Platoon had left the Battalion's home at, Fort George, Inverness and were training in the Oman with 16 Air Assault Brigade, eventually deploying in April 2006 with 3 PARA Battle Group's High Readiness Company.

The Battalion's total commitment to 3 PARA would grow to some 98 when two more rifle platoons and a mortar section would be attached at short notice in July 2006 where the fighting in Musa Qaleh would be intense