31 Squadron take on 31,000-mile Afghan challenge
During their current deployment to Afghanistan, the RAF’s 31 Squadron are aiming to raise £31,000 for charity by running, cycling or rowing 31,000 miles (50,000km).
It is August 2011 in Afghanistan, and the members of 31 Squadron and their Tornado GR4 aircraft are being prepared for a mission. It’s their fifth week deployed on Operation HERRICK in support of UK, ISAF and Afghan ground forces.
The Squadron’s primary role is to provide close air support and reconnaissance, assisting forces on the ground.
The night team has just ‘clocked off’ and the day shift are about to walk to their aircraft. Meanwhile, the Ground Alert Close Air Support team is about to be scrambled to Kandahar province, in support of troops in contact; a situation where there is imminent threat to life.