Corporal Kevin Mulligan, Lance Corporal Dale Thomas Hopkins and Private Kyle Adams killed in Afghanistan.
The three soldiers, all from The Parachute Regiment, were killed while undertaking a routine security patrol alongside Afghan National Security Forces to the north of Lashkar Gah when the Jackal vehicle they were travelling in was hit by an explosion, followed by a small arms fire attack.
Private Adams was aged 21. His family said:
Before his deployment Private Adams said to his father, ‘Dad, I’m not a soldier. I’m a Para’.
His father paid the following tribute:
He was a loving: Son, Brother, Uncle, Nephew, Grandson, and Boyfriend. He was the life and soul of any party. He has left a big hole and he will be sorely missed.
The Commanding Officer said;
Private Kyle Adams was an undemonstrative, yet utterly professional soldier. Always ready for the next challenge, he was a real team player, and indeed was a talented sportsman.
The focus, selflessness and responsibility required of his profession came naturally to him. He died doing the work he loved, alongside the comrades who held him in such high regard.
He gave his life for his fellow comrades and The Parachute Regiment. We who served with him are privileged and honoured to have known such a brave, committed and enthusiastic young soldier.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kyle’s family at this incredibly difficult time. We hope that the fond memories of an inspiring young man can in some way help them, as they do us.
Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth said:
I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Cpl Kevin Mulligan, LCpl Dale Hopkins and Pte Kyle Adams, all of The Parachute Regiment, whilst on patrol north of Lashkar Gah. These men were highly gifted individuals at the forefront of their profession and their loss is a heavy blow.
They were working alongside Afghan Security Forces when they made the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of a brighter future for the Afghan people. I continue to be inspired by the incredible professionalism, bravery and commitment of our Armed Forces. As a nation, we are exceptionally lucky to have them.
My thoughts and heartfelt sympathy are with the family, friends and colleagues of these three men. This is an extremely difficult time, but I have no doubt that our forces’ resolve to succeed in their vital work in Afghanistan will remain undiminished.