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Soldiers of A Company 1 MERCIAN demonstrate the new general service respirator during recent pre-deployment training on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire. 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment is one of the units deploying on operations in Afghanistan in October 2012 as part of 4th Mechanized Brigade, which replaces 12th Mechanized Brigade as the lead formation of British troops in Helmand province. Photographer Cpl Mike O'Neill; Crown copyright. Further details of units deploying next month: