Call me a cynical old b******d, but have the mod just replaced 3 Para with two commando battalions? Have I misunderstood this press release or are the mod trying to avoid drawing attention to the fact that they didn't send enough troops in the first place?
"Handover in Helmand as 3 Cdo Brigade replace 3 PARA
9 Oct 06
The Paras of 16 Air Assault Brigade are returning home after fulfilling their mission in Afghanistan and will be replaced by the Marines of 3 Commando Brigade.
The deployment of 3 Commando Brigade, led by Brigadier Jerry Thomas, includes 42 Commando, 45 Commando, 29 Commando Royal Artillery, the Command Support Group (a dedicated logistics unit), and 800 Naval Air Squadron (which replaces 4 Squadron RAF). 3 Commando Brigade is a core component of the UK's Joint Rapid Reaction Force, and is based in the south-west of England."