The headquarters of the British military operation in Afghanistan has moved from Lashkar Gah to Camp Bastion, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said.
In an operation described as the most complex headquarters move on operations ever undertaken by the British Army, the headquarters of Task Force Helmand was moved in what is seen as a milestone in the drawdown of the UK military presence in Afghanistan.
Task Force Helmand, which co-ordinates UK operations across Helmand Province, has been based in Lashkar Gah since May 2006.
But in an early morning helicopter operation earlier this month, it was moved to Camp Bastion, the main hub of UK forces in Afghanistan.
Key staff from the headquarters - which is led by 1 Mechanized Brigade - flew via Chinook helicopter to Camp Bastion in the early hours of August 9, the MoD said, to join an advance party already in place, and remaining staff were ferried across in a series of helicopter moves throughout the day.
A short ceremony was then held in memory of those members of the armed forces who have lost their lives on operations in Afghanistan.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: "The growing capability of the Afghan security forces our troops have trained is allowing us to reduce the number of UK forces in Afghanistan this year - and the relocation of HQ Task Force Helmand from Lashkar Gah to our main base at Camp Bastion marks a key milestone as we draw down.
"By the end of next year, the UK's combat operations in Afghanistan will be over."