NATO relinquished command of Camp Julien on 29 November 2005. Canadian forces who had occupied the base handed over control of all the facilites and land to the Afghan Defense Ministry in a small ceremony. Located in the ruins of what was once an Afghan royal garden, Camp Julien was built by Canadian engineers in the spring of 2003. Among ISAF troops, Camp Julien was generally considered the most troop-friendly facility in Afghanistan. It was affectionately referred to as "Club Med." - Julien's facilities included water and sewage treatment plants, a water bottling facility, a gymnasium, big-screen televisions, European-style cooking and a few hundred kilometers of underground piping and wiring. Julien served about 4,000 soldiers from the UK, US, Canada, Mongolia, Belgium, and New Zealand. Under NATO's management, permanent facilities were built including two-story barracks, an ammo dump,shower and toilet facilities.
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