Forward Operating Base Budwan
|Nahri Saraj District, Helmand Province in Afghanistan|
Shown within Afghanistan
|Owner||International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)|
|Operator||British Armed Forces
Royal Danish Army
Afghan National Army (ANA)
|Elevation||869 metres (2,851 ft) AMSL|
Forward Operating Base Budwan or more simply FOB Budwan was a military base located near Gereshk in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. It was occupied by International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) forces from the United Kingdom and Denmark as part of Task Force Helmand during Operation Herrick (OP H).
The base was originally named FOB Armadillo after the mascot of a Danish company commander, Major Anders Stæhr Storrud, who was killed three months before the base was established. The base was then renamed to FOB Budwan in 2010.
It was one of three smaller forward operating bases (FOBs) used by British and Danish forces around Gereshk (the others being FOB Sandford and FOB Keenan) in addition to their headquarters at FOB Price.
- Created by 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards and the Danish.
- Guard Hussar Regiment with AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven Unmanned aerial vehicle's and Piranha's
- Charlie Company during May 2010
It has been used by:
- OP H IX - 3 Commando Brigade (October 2008 - April 2009):
- OP H X - 19th Light Brigade (April 2009 - October 2009):
- OP H XI - 11 Light Brigade (October 2009 - April 2010):
The base was renamed in 2010 to Budwan
It has been used by:
- OP H XII - 4th Mechanized Brigade (April 2010 - October 2010):
- OP H XIII - 16 Air Assault Brigade (October 2010 - April 2011):
The closing and disassembling of Budwan started in December 2010. The last troops and equipment left in late January 2011. The units stationed there were relocated to other bases around Gereshk.
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