A Royal Marine and a medic who died after being injured while on patrol in Afghanistan have been named by the Ministry of Defence as Corporal David O'Connor and Corporal Channing Day.
Corporal O'Connor, of 40 Commando, and Corporal Day, who served with the 3 Medical Regiment, were on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province with C Company training Afghan Local Police.
The patrol came under fire near the village of Char Kutsa and, during the firefight, Corporal O'Connor and Corporal Day were fatally injured.
A statement released by the family of Corporal O'Connor said: "David's family and friends are greatly saddened by his loss and hope to be left to grieve privately."
The family of Corporal Day said in a statement: "Channing was bubbly, sporty, beautiful and lived her life for the Army. She has died doing what she lived for and in the life that she loved.
"She will be remembered by all who knew her as a wonderful girl who never stopped smiling and who had an infectious laugh.
"Channing played football for Northern Ireland as well as ice hockey and also gained her qualification as a ski instructor through the Army. She was also the Northern Ireland gymnastics pairs champion. A girl who lived her life to the full without ever giving up on her dreams.
"She was a fabulous daughter, sister, granddaughter, cousin, niece and friend. She will be so sadly missed by all."