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RAF Pumas in Afghanistan

Photo: RAF Pumas of the Op TORAL Aviation Detachment continue their task to support the NATO Resolute Support Mission. The Royal Air Force Puma Helicopters that are deployed to Afghanistan have continued to operate despite the challenges the aircrew face from the Afghan winter, snow and mountainous terrain. The Pumas from RAF Benson, are deployed to Afghanistan to provide helicopter support to the deployed NATO forces stationed their conducting the ongoing training and advisor mission with the Afghan Security Forces. Sqn Ldr Max Bond, the Officer Commanding the UK’s Theatre Aviation Detachment, said: “Operating the aircraft is always a challenge because of Kabul’s altitude and congested airspace, but this is further compounded during the winter months by degraded visibility, sub-zero temperatures and occasional heavy snow fall.

 

Puma HC2 of the RAF are continuing their mission on behalf of NATO forces in Afghanistan, despite the challenges of the Afghan winter. The Pumas from RAF Benson, Oxfordshire, are deployed to Kabul to provide helicopter support to deployed NATO forces stationed there, conducting the ongoing training and advisory mission with the Afghan Security Forces.
Sqn Ldr Max Bond, commanding officer of the UK’s Theatre Aviation Detachment under Operation Toral, said: “Operating the aircraft is always a challenge because of Kabul’s altitude and congested airspace, but this is further compounded during the winter months by degraded visibility, sub-zero temperatures and occasional heavy snowfall.”
The RAF Pumas recently conducted training with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Gurkha Rifles to ensure readiness for NATO’s airborne Quick Reaction Force. The battalion’s soldiers are the lead battlegroup in the NATO Kabul Protection Unit. They work alongside other NATO allies and the wider international community, as part of the Kabul Security Force which provides force protection to NATO’s Train, Advise, Assist mission – Operation Resolute Support.

 

Photo: Crown Copyright

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