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  1. RIP mate!
  2. RIP Royal
  3. More tragic news my heart goes out to his NOK who will have had the knock at the door that we all fear so much. My sincere condolences to Royals family and his oppos.
  4. RIP Royal.
  5. RIP Royal.
    Condolences to those he has left behind.
  6. RIP Royal.

  7. My friend's son is with this group. Always a heavy heart hearing this news.

    RIP Thoughts and prayers are with loved ones
  8. RIP Royal
  9. Tragic news.

    Thoughts and prayers with the marines family and friends.
  10. Seadog

    Seadog War Hero Moderator

    Edits and deletions. This started as a condolence thread, please take the rants against third parties elsewhere.

  11. Good call Seadog.

    I dread reading the first news of the day and seeing another British serviceman dead or wounded.

    It hits particularly hard when it is a Royal Marine.

    Rest In Peace Royal and stand-easy.

    Your family, your oppos, your unit and my Corps are in my thoughts. Again.

  12. RIP lad
  13. RIP Royal.

    Thoughts are with your family. You served with the best.

    Per Mare, Per Terram
  14. RIP Royal.

    Thoughts are with family and friends.
  15. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Marine Travis Mackin killed in Helmand

    It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Marine Travis Mackin was killed in the Kajaki area of Afghanistan's Helmand province on the morning of 11 January 2009.


    Marine Travis Mackin of Communications Squadron, United Kingdom Landing Force Command Support Group (UKLFCSG) was serving as a member of the Security Sector Reform Group in Afghanistan, operating as part of 45 Commando Royal Marines.

    Marine Mackin was killed in action in Kajaki, northern Helmand Province during a joint patrol with Victor Company, 45 Commando Group Royal Marines and the Afghan National Security Forces.

    Victor Company was conducting a deliberate offensive patrol alongside the Afghan National Army to destroy a key Taliban command cell. This cell had been responsible for numerous attacks on both coalition and Afghan National Security Forces in the Kajaki area.

    Whilst establishing a vital fire-support location to protect his colleagues advancing on a Taliban defensive position, he was tragically killed by an enemy Improvised Explosive Device.

    Within Victor Company, Marine Mackin was a member of the specialist team mentoring both the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police in Kajaki. This role found him on many patrols providing training and advice to the Afghan National Security Forces and acting as the vital conduit between them and the Company. He was therefore often at the forefront of operations alongside his Afghan counterparts and was frequently required to guide and lead them into, and out of, hostile situations.

    It was whilst conducting this crucial role and leading his team from the front in a Company deliberate operation that Marine Mackin was killed. His loss is sorely felt amongst his comrades in 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines.

    Travis Mackin was born on 9 December 1986. He grew up in Plymouth and joined the Royal Marines on 5 July 2004.

    His selfless and helpful attitude singled him out for praise throughout the rigours of Commando training. He served with 45 Commando Royal Marines as a rifleman in Zulu Coy, during which time he deployed on combat operations in Afghanistan on Op HERRICK 5. Zulu Company was involved in some of the fiercest fighting of that deployment, predominantly operating in the southern region of Helmand province.

    On his return to the UK he was selected for specialist training and joined the Signals Branch of the Royal Marines. He was noted for his strong performance on the communicators' course and qualified as a Royal Marines Communicator, Class 3 in July 2007. He subsequently joined 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines and served with 3 Commando Brigade's light amphibious raiding unit until April 2008.

    A confident soldier, he deployed to Afghanistan on Op HERRICK 9 looking forward to proving himself in the challenging role of mentoring the Afghan National Police with his comrades in the Security Sector Reform Group; an aspiration which he rapidly and convincingly fulfilled. Already a veteran of this operational theatre in spite of his youth, he was always keen to impart his hard-won knowledge to those less experienced.

    He had great ambition, and huge potential; his infectious sense of humour and abundance of natural leadership made him an instant hit with the Afghan Security Forces that he mentored and fought alongside.

    Marine Mackin's family have strong links with the military and one of his brothers is serving with the 1st Battalion The Rifles, also deployed in Helmand on Op HERRICK 9. The loss of such an incredibly popular and exceptionally loyal member of our band of brothers is a tragedy. The tributes below say it all. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad and tragic time.


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