RAF Marham Squadron Return From Afghanistan
Personnel from RAF Marham’s 31 Squadron returned to the base after a 4½ month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation HERRICK. They were met by families and friends who had turned out in the heat of the afternoon to welcome them home.
Officer Commanding 31 Sqn, Wing Commander Rich Yates said “All members of 31 Squadron, aircrew, engineering, intelligence, operations and support staff, can be immensely proud of our achievements over the last four and a half months. Through teamwork, focus and determination we have overcome the unique challenges of operating in Afghanistan. We have flown hundreds of both Close Air Support and reconnaissance missions across the country providing vital Air Power to international and Afghan forces alike. Our efforts have made a tangible contribution, enabling the ongoing and successful transition toward the Afghan forces taking full responsibility for security. After a successful tour of duty, it is great to be home with the loved ones, family and friends that have supported us so much during our time away.”
During their time away the Squadron took on another challenge of lifting 31,000 tonnes to raise money for two local charities Scotties Little Soldiers and Tapping House Hospice. In their ‘down time’ personnel lifted weights and participated in various events including a strong man endurance challenge to reach their mammoth target just a few weeks before their return.
The responsibility for Operation HERRICK has now been handed over to Number 12(B) Squadron from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland.