UK Prime Minister David Cameron visits Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan

Posted: July 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

By Regional Command Southwest Public Affairs

Photos by Sergeant Mitch Moore, RAF

Brigadier Nick Welch OBE, Deputy Commander Regional Command Southwest,(right), and RC(SW) commanding general, Maj. Gen. John Toolan (center), welcome The Right Honourable David Cameron MP, Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, to Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, during U.S. Independence Day celebrations July 4th, 2011. The Prime Minister visited Camp Leatherneck to meet with coalition forces deployed to Afghanistan.

The Right Honourable David Cameron MP, Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, addresses coalition forces at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, during U.S. Independence Day celebrations July 4th, 2011.

Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan— The Right Honorable David Cameron MP, Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, met with coalition forces at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, during U.S. Independence Day celebrations July 4th.

The Prime Minister visited the camp to meet with coalition forces deployed to Afghanistan.  During his stop at Leatherneck, Prime Minister Cameron spoke briefly to an assembly of British and American troops.

“I think what’s remarkable about our two countries and about our two militaries is just how many times we have served and fought together,” he said.

The Prime Minister then recounted the many times Brits and Yanks have worked side by side.

“Whether in the trenches in France in the First World War, whether it be on the beaches of Normandy, whether in the mountains of Korea, or whether in the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan. We have fought and served and won together on so many occasions. I think it’s not just because we’re all friends and allies. It’s not just because we’re in NATO together. It’s not just because of our shared history and our language and our culture; it’s really because of our shared values–that we believe in standing up for freedom.”

Mr. Cameron praised the Soldiers, Sailors and Marines who are serving in Afghanistan.

“You are people of huge professionalism, bravery and courage. You are the best of the best. Your nations, your people, your families and your governments are incredibly proud of what you do.”

The Right Honourable David Cameron MP, Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, meets with coalition forces at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, during U.S. Independence Day celebrations on July 4th.

A United States Marine presents UK Prime Minister David Cameron with a challenge coin to commemorate his visit to Camp Leatherneck.

The Right Honourable David Cameron MP, Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, meets with coalition forces at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, during U.S. Independence Day celebrations July 4th, 2011. The Prime Minister visited Camp Leatherneck to meet with coalition forces deployed to Afghanistan.

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