Camp Leatherneck (sorry if this is the wrong place for this question)

#1
Am soon to go to Camp LNK for 6 months. One online map showed it as being well south, down on the Hook, whereas another Google source says its hard by BSN.

Where is it exaclty and has anyone done a tour of duty there?

Thanks for any feedback on the exact location of LNK and what's there.
 
#2
Am soon to go to Camp LNK for 6 months. One online map showed it as being well south, down on the Hook, whereas another Google source says its hard by BSN.

Where is it exaclty and has anyone done a tour of duty there?

Thanks for any feedback on the exact location of LNK and what's there.
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#4
Is it next door to Bastion or down the Hook? I Googled for a location and one said near BSN and another map showed it not far from Bharramschar. Surely there can't be 2 US camps of the same name?
 
#6
Oh just great. Thanks Jumpinjarhead, for this cheering news. Looks like kinetically interesting times ahead.
Sorry-better to be prepared I suppose. Stay safe--I always felt safest right in the middle of a squad of US Marines in full battle rattle.
 
#7
You lucky man, the scoff there is quite possible the nicest I've ever tasted outside of my mums kitchen! The USMC are also very friendly and helpful, I'm rather jelous. Good luck with the tour.
 
#8
Am soon to go to Camp LNK for 6 months. One online map showed it as being well south, down on the Hook, whereas another Google source says its hard by BSN.

Where is it exaclty and has anyone done a tour of duty there?

Thanks for any feedback on the exact location of LNK and what's there.
Should I be surprised that no-one on ARRSE can tell you where USMC hang out? It's next door to Bastion. And yes from what I heard from KAF, best scoff going so they got that right. Don't know what that map above is - possibly from an early part of TFL deployment in Helmand, but it's bollocks anyway.

Good luck. Back out in the New Year deep joy.
 
#9
I thought it might be better to leave the exact location out as I'm not sure of the current sitrep?

Just to say, one of the above posts is correct lol
 

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#10
It's right next to Bastion - Leatherhead is a fair walk, or 5 min's drive, from the Bastion Complex, but it's all part of the same site, really. Food is good there, allegedly - I've never been, but they are always putting out orders telling Brits to stay away from that DFAC, so it must be better than ours (or just different, of course). You've also got a reasonable PX, as opposed to our rather rubbishy, and expensive, EFI.

Have fun, PM me if you need anything else :)
 
#11
Go out the "top exit" and it's a 15 min walk

You need a card to eat there (it's rarely checked) then you sign in... I've also heard the Britsh Army gets billed for using it! So whatever you do DON'T sign M Mouse 12345 as they won't be able to do that!

I was only there for a couple of days "passing through" but if based at BSN then don't go all the time or you'll end up moosive, most I knew there just went Sundays for Surf n Turf days!
 
#12
Thanks Tupper (I remember that great comic strip, supper of fish and chips then a public bath then back to the arches :), Old Snowy and biboboy.

What made me doubt it's location was a, the map above, and b, open source material saying as how they are building a huge runway for Leatherneck. I thought then that maybe the location of the map above might be correct after all, given that BSN already has an very long runway so why build another one.

However, my Unit assures me, as you guys kindly have, that LNK is hard next to BSN. Hope I don;t have to pay for the food or be banned form their PX, as I'm doing a full tour inside, attached to the staff of ...US folk in there.

And if the 'chow' is bellyblubber-inducing, then I hope they have weights, a gym and a running track otherwise I'll be tourex fatter than I am now. Does anyone happen to know if its a total non-smoking Camp? I know some US facilities are rather puritanical like that.

Cheers, H.
 
#13
hasher, what tupper and others have said is correct. I haven't been in there, but one of our OPs staff was embedded during our last tour. Make sure you do plenty of phys whilst eating there................
 
#14
Returned from a tour embedded with the USMC earlier on this year and will echo what you’ve already been told. LNK is attached to Bastion but can be fair walk if you’re left without a vehicle. The main reason I made the journey was to use the Brit welfare facilities, although by the sounds of it there is now a WiFi system in LNK that is working well, so you might not need to do that as much.

Food is good; although when I was there they were a bit more **** about needing the card, as by all accounts it costs the UK about $10 for every meal.

The US is building a new runway at the base, but it’s on the Bastion side. There is a main gym on LNK, although most units have their own smaller gyms on their sites. A few of the Marines on my crew smoked and from what I can remember there were designated areas.

When I left the place was a building site, albeit one with a large patch of scorched earth in the middle….. The speed its been built up is amazing, although you should see what they’ve done with Dwyer!
 
#15
Regarding PT facilities:

060510mc_gym1-224x300.jpg CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan June 2010– I went to the gym today at 3 p.m.
That may not exactly sound like breaking news, but the time signifies something bigger: Camp Leatherneck’s gym controversy is finally over.
About a week ago, Capt. Thano Pravong, Leatherneck’s camp commandant, made the decision to close the gym from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. after it was discovered that the midday temperature inside was edging toward 120 degrees. Helmand province cracks triple digits regularly now, and when you add in a few hundred men (and a few women) pumping iron in an enclosed tent, it can get pretty ugly.
The decision was about as popular as Ozzy Osbourne at a classical music festival. Marine officials were bombarded with angry complaints, and Pravong’s staff kicked it up a notch to find a solution that would allow the gym to remain open 24 hours a day.
Yesterday, a breakthrough occurred: With four massive air-conditioning units installed on the plywood floors in the basketball court-sized gym, it was successfully kept open all day. And that meant dozens of Marines could work out in the middle of the day, with Game 1 of the NBA Finals playing on TV through the Armed Forces Network.
Pravong said he understands how important the gym is to Marines on base, and is glad to see the problem solved.
 
#16
Places to run won't be a problem!!!! When I was there for a few days, I ran around the outer perimeter of all the camps and this is a decent distance, plus you can add loops etc :)

Be careful though going too far out i.e. where major building is still taking place as on one run I was jogging along a track to be met by a load of danes BARMAing the route I was on!!!!

It wouldn't have been too bad but they they coming TOWARDS me lol
 
#17
bibo-boy, heidtheba, indeid, thank you for your helpful and informative replies. bibo-boy, I did actually laugh out loud (albeit glad you were safe) how you described the Danes BARMA-ing towards you! Must use that one, attributable to you of course.

All I need to do now is keep humping bricks around my estate so that I can do the new OFT for under 60's - 8 miles, 55lb (foe me as Infantry) in under 2 hours, at RTMC on or around 13 Jan. Am 48lbs in 90 mins so far, so looking good apart from annoying occurence of small pressure blisters between the big and second toe on the front sole, on each foot.

Do you know if they will let me do the OFT in my Lowas/meindls, or MUST one wear black combat boots (boots DMS plus putties in my day)?

H
 
#18
bibo-boy, heidtheba, indeid, thank you for your helpful and informative replies. bibo-boy, I did actually laugh out loud (albeit glad you were safe) how you described the Danes BARMA-ing towards you! Must use that one, attributable to you of course.

All I need to do now is keep humping bricks around my estate so that I can do the new OFT for under 60's - 8 miles, 55lb (foe me as Infantry) in under 2 hours, at RTMC on or around 13 Jan. Am 48lbs in 90 mins so far, so looking good apart from annoying occurence of small pressure blisters between the big and second toe on the front sole, on each foot.

Do you know if they will let me do the OFT in my Lowas/meindls, or MUST one wear black combat boots (boots DMS plus putties in my day)?

H
You could wear what you wanted when I was there last year mate. Interesting that they are doing the OFT.... Not sure if you know but Chilwell is built on the side of a cheeky hill. Not a problem really as your up and down it often and the pace isn't a killer.

Good luck mate :)
 
#19
yep, right next door to BSN, scoff is quality as stated BUT the PX is w@nk & full of overpriced tat. ENJOY!!!!
 
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