Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

Cheryl salutes troops with award

Cheryl Cole travelling to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan to meet the troops of 3 Commando Brigade and Joint Force Support

Cheryl Cole has been pictured getting behind the steering wheel of a new Jackal armoured vehicle as she visited troops in Afghanistan.

The Girls Aloud singer was also photographed being taught how to fire weapons on her trip to present a Pride of Britain award, commemorating a decade of British operations in the country.

Cheryl was shown handing the award over to Brigadier Ed Davis, Commander Task Force Helmand (3 Commando Brigade), who accepted it on behalf of the Armed Forces, on the Pride of Britain ceremony which was held last night and will be televised on ITV1.

Describing what Cheryl was taught on the morale-boosting visit, a Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "Royal Marines from 42 Commando and the Brigade Reconnaissance Force taught the star to fire state-of-the-art weapons systems and to drive the new Jackal vehicle.

"Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Rifles gave her an insight into a shura and taught her how to make a safe entrance into compounds using ladders and specialist equipment to avoid improvised explosive devices.

"Cheryl also spent time with the Brigade Advisory Group (3 Mercian) and their Afghan National Army Counterparts before taking a short helicopter sortie above Camp Bastion in a Royal Navy Sea King."

The 28-year-old underwent hostile environment training before flying to Camp Bastion in Helmand province last month to film the tribute to the forces.

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