FAMILIES and friends gathered on Sunday to wave off troops from Merseyside as they prepare to serve in Afghanistan.
The special event was held ahead of the departure of 13 Reservist volunteers, from 156 (NW) Transport Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps, some of whom are from the Birkenhead Squadron. The 13 are from their Squadrons at Mather Avenue, Bootle and Birkenhead.
Families were invited and all received briefings from the Commanding Officer, Colonel Bill Busby.
Everyone enjoyed a good Army curry or buffet before the Reservists loaded up for their departure. They will be transferred to a holding camp for two weeks of final training and documentation before travelling to Germany to work with a regular Army regiment. After a short leave break, they will depart for Afghanistan, where they will serve for a six-month period.
Colonel Busby said: “We are very proud of our Reservists who have served all over the world in past years, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan, and are always held in the highest regard. We greatly appreciate the support of their families and also their employers.”