Afghanistan operational air update: 17 to 23 October 2011
RAF and Royal Navy personnel conducted numerous missions across southern Afghanistan last week. Here follows an operational update.
The RAF 31 Squadron’s detachment at Kandahar Airfield has undertaken a number of ‘shows of force’ (SoF) and ‘shows of presence’ (SoP) in support of ground based troops across Afghanistan.
Two SoP were carried out in support of US troops operating in Regional Command (RC) North.
The following day, the Squadron’s Tornados were called upon to provide armed overwatch to an Italian ground patrol in RC West who had come under fire from small arms. Two SoF were undertaken in a 30-minute period which suppressed the fire from the insurgents allowing the Italian troops to successfully complete their mission.