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British Army bomb disposal specialists Captain Nick Welby-Everard Torbet (right)

and Corporal Ed Williams (left) at the IED factory, found by British soldiers in Nahr-e Saraj

[Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2011]


25 Jul 11 UK MoD A Military Operations news article


Two members of the Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Task Force (C-IED TF) have spent two full days making safe an IED factory found by British soldiers in the Nahr-e Saraj area of Helmand province.


The compound, uncovered by members of 1st Battalion The Rifles (1 RIFLES), contained enough components and equipment to make over 80 devices.


Captain Nick Welby-Everard Torbet, from 521 Squadron, 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps (RLC), and Corporal Ed Williams, from 22 Headquarters and Support Squadron, 101 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), Corps of Royal Engineers (RE), were part of a four-man team called to search the compound, make safe any devices, and help the soldiers of 1 RIFLES collect any evidence the bomb makers may have left.


The weapons cache included:


• 5 x 5kg main charges

• 2 x 10kg main charges

• 56 detonators

• 36 ready-made pressure plates

• 51 partially-constructed pressure plates

• 24 batteries

• unexploded ordnance for use in IEDS.


Capt Welby-Everard Torbet, aged 28 from Guildford, is the team commander, and works hand-in-hand with his Number 2, Cpl Williams. Since arriving in Helmand, almost three months ago, the two men have deployed to various parts of the UK's area of operations to support ground companies requiring assistance from the bomb disposal experts.


Often the pair can be out on patrol for up to 36 hours, carrying out their high pressure jobs in temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius. Capt Welby-Everard Torbet decides on the best course of action, depending on the situation, and 23-year-old Cpl Williams, from Chelmsford, is responsible for operating the specialist equipment used to disarm the devices, such as Dragon Runner bomb disposal robot.




A Dragon Runner bomb disposal robot

[Picture: Andy Cargill, Crown Copyright/MOD 2010]


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