Navy Sea Kings complete 1,000th mission in Afghanistan
The Royal Navy’s Sea King Mk7 Force completed their 1,000th operational mission in Afghanistan yesterday.
Sea King helicopter squadrons from Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose have been operating from Camp Bastion since 2009 and have contributed to the confiscation of significant amounts of IED-making equipment, arms and drugs, and the detainment of suspected insurgents.
Following their help, on a recent vehicle interdiction, ground forces seized over 1,200kg of unprocessed wet opium with a street value of around £1.9m.
The helicopters are currently proving effective operating over land, providing wide area surveillance in Afghanistan. Being based on-scene at Camp Bastion, aircrews are able to react swiftly to events on the ground, directing coalition aircraft and ground forces to investigate, and in some cases destroy, suspected enemy targets.
The Sea King Force Commander, Commander Pat Douglas, is very proud of the achievements of the Sea King Force, who are fulfilling a role quite different from their usual maritime one. He said:
“Able to search huge areas very swiftly, they are proving to be essential in the ongoing fight against the insurgents.
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