How we got a 200-tonne turbine past the Taleban

#1
From The Times. (Well worth a read)
September 25, 2008
How we got a 200-tonne turbine past the Taleban

Rufus McNeil
The ingenious plan to bring electricity to two provinces of Afghanistan was one of the biggest logistical operations by the Army since the war

At various stages in Army life, officers are given theoretical tests to stop them from falling asleep. They normally involve rescuing villages from volcanoes or moving tanks up the Amazon using canoes. It is the nature of said Army life that occasionally the theory becomes reality.

How do you move a 200-tonne hydroelectric turbine to a remote corner of Afghanistan? You can't fly it - there is no airstrip. There is a road, of sorts, but only in places and it is probably mined. Oh, and we have trucks, but they were made for the M1. They get testy in the sand.

This was the problem facing 16 Air Assault Brigade in Helmand this summer. As commanding officer of 13 Air Assault Support Regiment, I own the trucks that move water, food, fuel and ammunition around Helmand and I have the pleasure of commanding the indomitable men and women who drive them. In this case, I also owned the problem of the turbine.
More on the linkhttp://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article4820197.ece
 
#3
An outstanding piece of military planning. Executed exceptionally well. Credit to all involved.
 
#4
I know I put him on here a fair bit, and Fantassin will be no doubt along to threadjack this to be about the French paras being ambushed, but Michael Yon has a good piece with photos on this op...

www.michaelyon-online.com/
 

BrunoNoMedals

LE
Kit Reviewer
#6
The three wounded soldiers were all lucky: a few holes to be patched and some very stiff necks, not least for young Private Phillip Jenks, who had been blown up for the third time.
Bagsy not getting in his car!

Hell of an effort, though. Should cheer up a few locals.

I take it the dam is pretty well secured now?
 

Biped

LE
Book Reviewer
#7
Drlligaf said:
frankie said:
An outstanding piece of military planning. Executed exceptionally well. Credit to all involved.
Seconded.
Me too!
 
#8
But we are glad to have played a small part in this huge project.
Small part? British industry plays a small part in the Airbus consortium, we supply the wings and most of the engines.

You've got to love a bit of understatement.
 

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