Operation Veritas was the codename used for British military operations against the Taliban government of Afghanistan in 2001. British forces played a supporting role to the American Operation Enduring Freedom. In addition, the British contribution was an important part of the overall forces deployed.

Operation Veritas was the codename used for British military operations against the Taliban government of Afghanistan in 2001. British forces played a supporting role to the American Operation Enduring Freedom. In addition, the British contribution was an important part of the overall forces deployed. Operation Veritas also incorporated Operation Oracle, Operation Fingal, and Operation Jacana. It was succeeded by Operation Herrick from 2002 onwards.

A large number of British forces were on exercise Saif Sareea II in Oman when the September 11th attacks occurred. This allowed for the swift deployment of some to Afghanistan for operations against the Taliban.

The first rotation of forces left in place after the war started included:

HMS’s Illustrious, Fearless, Cornwall, Southampton, Trafalgar, and Triumph

Supported by RFA’s Sir Tristram, Sir Percivale, Fort Victoria, Fort Rosalie (2), Bayleaf (3), Brambleleaf (3) and Diligence

In March 2002, the initial naval force was relieved by one centered around HMS Ocean, carrying 45 Commando Royal Marines. The other ships in that force were: HMS’s York, Campbeltown, and Portland

Supported by RFA’s Sir Tristram, Sir Percivale, (which both remained deployed), Fort George, and Fort Austin

 

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