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RAF Marham Tornados fly home from Afghanistan

Tornado GR4s from RAF Marham in Norfolk have left Afghanistan and are heading back to the UK after more than five years of operations in the country.

Tornados leaving Afghanistan Credit: Ministry of Defence

The fast jets, from 31 Squadron based at RAF Marham flew out of Kandahar airfield early this morning having flown their final missions.

Tornado on the ground Credit: MoD

Aircrew and ground crew from the squadron have provided vital support to NATO efforts in the country since they took over from RAF Harriers in June 2009.

During its time in Afghanistan, the Tornado GR4 has provided vital information about enemy activity on the ground, using the Litening III and RAPTOR reconnaissance pods to spot potential hazards such as roadside bombs.

The jets have also provided close air support deterring enemy forces by flying low and fast over their location or striking important targets with precision when necessary to do so.

– MoD spokesperson
'Tornado force' Credit: MoD

The Tornado remains the fast jet workhorse of the RAF and has performed superbly over many years in Afghanistan, supplying life saving intelligence and precision weapons in support of our mission there.

The whole Tornado force should be proud or their work and I pay tribute to their professionalism.

– Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon

Air and ground crew will now make their way via RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, to RAF Marham where they will be welcomed home by friends and family.

Soldiers to be honoured

Soldiers from The Royal Anglian Regiment will be honoured for their service in Afghanistan today.

Some soldiers from the second battalion, which recruits from East Anglia and the East Midlands, have only just returned home from Helmand.

They will be welcomed during a ceremony at Kendrew Barracks in Rutland later this morning.


Suffolk army unit to be mothballed

Members of the squadron have recently returned from Afghanistan Credit: Ministry of Defence

Members of an army unit from Rock Barracks near Woodbridge in Suffolk are to be presented with Afghan campaign medals.

After the ceremony 12 (Nova Scotia) Headquarters and Support (Air Assault) Squadron will be mothballed.

The squadron is part of 23 Engineer Regiment.

Double amputee walks to Pole

It's an environment that recently defeated even veteran explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

But that won't deter a soldier from Norfolk who lost both his legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan. He's hoping to become the first double amputee to walk to the South Pole.

Duncan Slater will take part in a race in Antarctica later this year in aid of Prince Harry's charity, Walking With The Wounded.


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Prince Harry arrives in the UK after Afghanistan tour

Prince Harry landed at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

Prince Harry has arrived back in the UK after his tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The 28-year-old Apache co-pilot gunner left the war-torn country on Monday evening and has been on post-deployment "decompression" at a British military base, thought to be in Cyprus.

He landed at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire and will now travel with his unit, 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, to their Suffolk headquarters.

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