The Royal Marine from Somerset-based 40 Commando who was killed in Afghanistan this morning has been named as Corporal David O’Connor.
Corporal O'Connor and Corporal Channing Day, from 3 Medical Regiment, both died while on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.
The MoD said they were participating in a patrol with C Company, 40 Commando to conduct low level training with the Afghan Local Police.
Their patrol came under small arms fire near the village of Char Kutsa, and both were fatally injured.
Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond, said: "I was deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of Corporal David O’Connor and Corporal Channing Day.
"Both have been highly praised by their colleagues for their courage and strong sense of duty.
"My thoughts are with their families, loved ones and colleagues in the Royal Marines and 3 Medical Regiment."
Corporal O’Connor, 27, was from Havant in Hampshire, as was serving with 40 Commando Royal Marines which is based at Norton Manor Camp, near Taunton.