Canadian army M777 155 mm howitzer

IS2007-7309, originally uploaded by lafrancevi.

Soldiers from D Battery, 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (2 RCHA) fire their M777 155 mm howitzer at the Canadian Forward Operating Base (FOB) at Sperwan Ghar, Afghanistan. These guns can deliver accurate fire of explosive, smoke, or illuminating projectiles to a distance of several kilometres, and are used in support of imfantry operations.

About 2500 members of the Canadian Forces (CF) are currently serving as part of Joint Task Force Afghanistan. Most of the soldiers are stationed at Kandahar Airfield and at Camp Nathan Smith, Canada’s Provincial reconstruction Team (PRT) in Kandahar City. Other personnel are assigned to various military headquarters, a support base, and civilian organizations.

They play a key role in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force mission whose goal is to improve the security situation in Afghanistan and assist in rebuilding the country.