31 Sqn Remembers Fallen Comrades After Successfully Completing Tour in Afghanistan
Last month saw engineers and aircrew from 31 Squadron remembering their fallen comrades and at the same time handing over Tornado responsibilities at Kandahar Airfield.
The Squadron, which has completed four months in Afghanistan, along with hundreds of other troops paid their respects in a poignant and moving Remembrance Ceremony. It was held at the Allied war memorial at the airfield along with a large contingent of Coalition troops including Americans and Canadians. Wreaths were laid with Commanding Officer 904 EAW, Group Captain Simon Edwards representing the RAF.
Group Captain Simon Edwards said: “Today of all days we remember those who have gone before us, who we knew well and those we did not. We are reminded how much of a privilege it is to follow in their footsteps.”
The ceremony was led by Padre (Flight Lieutenant) Ian Brown he said, “It is so important to continue to remember the fallen especially out here. Not only remembering both World Wars but also remembering those that have lost their lives in recent conflicts.”
31 Tornado Squadron, which is based at RAF Marham in Norfolk, has successfully completed a tour of duty flying over 1800 hours in support of NATO led missions. Not only providing essential close support for Coalition and Afghan ground troops, but also conducting reconnaissance missions in order to search for suspicious activity on the ground.
31 Squadron officially passed the responsibility onto 12 (Bomber) Squadron from RAF Lossiemouth at exactly 12.31hrs on Remembrance Sunday. In marking the occasion Wing Commander Jim Mulholland, Officer Commanding 31 Sqn said: “I’d like to acknowledge our friends and family – without the support they have given us over the last four months we would not have achieved all that we have. I am extremely proud of the achievements of all my team. Professionally they have delivered all that was asked of them, and I wish OC 12(B) Sqn an equally successful tour. For now, we are very much looking forward to getting back home.”