1 Royal Gurkha Rifles Operation TORAL Blog

This page of our website will be used to keep you up to speed with the activities of the deployed element of 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles who are currently in Afghanistan on Operation TORAL.

Operation TORAL is the codename for the British Army’s deployment to Afghanistan as part of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission to develop the military capability of the Afghanistan government’s Armed forces

Gurkhas build a Temple in Kabul.

The 1 RGR Battlegroup has opened a temple in the New Kabul Compound. The first service was held last Sunday.

Spiritual practice is an important part of our kaida (tradition) and supports the moral component of fighting power. The Temple gives people of all creeds a place to bond and prepare to face the reality of operations.

The Temple is open to all for reflection, worship, or socialising and will hold regular services. It is decorated with pictures of deities (including Goddess Durga and Lord Budha) and is equipped for prayer, Tika and even Yoga.

1 Royal Gurkha Rifles delivering Force Protection

Part of 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles is in Afghanistan serving as lead unit in the Kabul Security Force, providing force protection to NATO’s Train, Advise, Assist mission. 

Members of C (Mogaung) Company Group have been patrolling in and around Kabul.

Transfer of Authority

The Transfer of Authority for the Kabul Protection Unit between First Battalion The Welsh Guards and First Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles was marked at the New Kabul Compound by a short flag raising ceremony.

The ceremony marks the formal beginning of Op TORAL 7 which will see 1RGR’s battlegroup (including elements of the Third Battalion The Parachute Regiment and First Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment) responsible for providing force protection for UK and coalition advisors who are working with our Afghan partners to increase capabilities and capacity across the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces.

Regimental Sergeant Major The First Battalion The Welsh Guards and Regimental Sergeant Major The First Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles exchange plaques to mark the occasion of the Transfer of Authority for the Kabul Protection Unit.