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New "Mark 7" Helmet Saves 3 Memebers of 1 R Irish in Just Over a Month

November 7, 2010

1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment have only been deployed in Afghanistan’s Helmand province for a little over a month – but already three of its soldiers owe their lives to the British Army’s new, state-of-the-art combat helmet.
A Mark 7 helmet after taking a round.

Ulstermen Ranger Silbert Wilson (20), Corporal Tommy Creighton (25), and Ranger Alan Hawthorne (23) all walked away unscathed after Taleban bullets aimed at their heads were stopped dead by the recently-introduced “Mark 7” combat helmet.

The three separate incidents follow another escape by their colleague Ranger Ryan Boyd (26), also from 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, who walked away with just a bruise after an insurgent round fired directly at him was stopped by his “Osprey” body armour.

Ranger Wilson, from Antrim, was the first to test he

Added: Nov-9-2010 Occurred On: Nov-7-2010
By: bravo61
Afghanistan, Middle East
Tags: Afghanistan, UK, Helmand, ISAF, Op Herrick, 1 Royal Irish, 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, Rangers, Helmand Province, Mark & Helmet
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