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31 Squadron take on 31,000-mile Afghan challenge

August 26, 2011
Flight Lieutenant Alex Stewart completes 127km after 12 hours rowing in the heat of an Afghan summer. Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

Flight Lieutenant Alex Stewart completes 127km after 12 hours rowing in the heat of an Afghan summer. Picture: Sgt Ross Tilly RAF/Crown Copyright 2011

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.

Continues at: mod.uk – 31 Squadron take on 31,000-mile Afghan challenge

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  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    August 26, 2011 18:50

    I have never seen on civil society the humanity that is present on military family.
    I am more positively impressioned either by ordinary duty that by the finality to finance epilepsy association.
    I suffer by genetic epilepsy and other genetic syndromes due to the same gene mutation (APC), but i have never seen, on society, an enthusiastic an free dedition like that reported on the article.
    I, sincerily, plause to members of 31 Squadron , that have won the war against epilepsy’s prejudices.
    Honors and thanks Claudio Alpaca

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