Afghan civilians look on as Royal Engineers from 44 (Four Four) HQ and Support Squadron install a General Support Bridge (GSB) near Check Point Oqob in the northern part of Nahr-e Seraj District of Helmand Province.
To launch a bridge the Royal Engineers use the Automated Bridge Launching Equipment (ABLE) that is capable of launching bridges up to 44 m in length. The ABLE vehicle is positioned with its rear pointing to the gap to be crossed and a lightweight launch rail extended across the gap. The bridge is then assembled and winched across the gap supported by the rail, with sections added until the gap is crossed. Once the bridge has crossed the gap the ABLE launch rail is recovered. A 32 m bridge can be built by 10 men in about 40 minutes.
Task Force Helmand Engineer Group is made up of 35 Engineer Regiment complete and 11 Field Squadron. Throughout HERRICK 15 the TFH Engineer Group have completed a wide range of tasks such as improvement of all level of bases including electrical work, bridging assets, road builds/improvements, a TALISMAN route clearing and proving capability assisting with freedom of movement throughout Helmand, and demolitions.