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First Look: Beckham meets British troops in Afghanistan

Last updated on: May 24, 2010 09:43 IST

Beckham meets British troops in Afghanistan

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David Beckham met soldiers returning from the frontline as he continued his visit to British troops in Afghanistan.

The former England captain met six members of 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment as they arrived back in Camp Bastion.

Beckham also met 'dogs of war' at the Theatre Military Working Dogs HQ and was "attacked" by a German shepherd called Brit. The footballer, dressed in a well-padded suit with a baseball type helmet, taunted the dog, which then plunged its teeth into his protected back, with no harmful effects.

The base's 51 dogs, including German shepherds, spaniels, Labradors and Belgian shepherds are used to aid operations by searching for explosives, carrying out vehicle searches and acting as guard dogs.


Image: England footballer David Beckham (front row, 6th from right) is seen with the engineers of the CH47 Chinook Engineering Flt, 1310 Flight, Royal Air Force, Joint Helicopter Force (Afghanistan) Squadron, during a visit to camp Bastion, in Afghanistan
Photographs: Reuters
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Beckham was shown how drones are operated

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Beckham visited the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) HQ where he was shown how unmanned aircraft, drones, patrolled the skies capturing real-time film of possible enemy movement on the ground. He joined 903 EAW (Expeditionary Air Wing), the team managing Bastion airfield.

As Vice President and Ambassador of the World Cup bid 2018, Beckham handed in England's official bid book to Fifa in Zurich and has distributed 'Back the Bid' badges to the troops he met.

Britain has around 10,000 troops in Afghanistan as part of an international force, largely fighting the Taliban in Helmand.

The country has lost 285 personnel since operations began in 2001.


Image: Beckham is shown some of the weapons used by front line troops

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