The first flight of evacuated personnel landed at RAF Brize Norton in the UK from Kabul late last night.
The flight consisted of British Embassy staff and British citizens, say the Ministry of Defence.
As part of Operation PITTING, the UK Armed Forces are enabling the evacuation of British personnel from Afghanistan.
“On Sunday 16th August the first flight of evacuated personnel arrived at RAF Brize Norton in the UK. The flight constituted of British Embassy staff and British Nationals.
British forces from 16 Air Assault Brigade arrived in the Afghan capital over the weekend on Op PITTING to support the evacuation of British Nationals and former British staff eligible for relocation under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP).”
🚨 | NEWS: Late last night the first flight of evacuated personnel arrived at RAF Brize Norton in the UK from Kabul. The flight consisted of British Embassy staff and British citizens, say the Ministry of Defence. pic.twitter.com/kvttseV4ht
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British transport aircraft including four C-17s, one A400M, one C-130 and three Voyagers were involved in evacuation efforts.
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600 British military personnel had deployed to Afghanistan on a short term basis to assist British nationals to leave.
British troops arrived earlier to assist with the evacuation. pic.twitter.com/LYJieXS935
— George Allison (@geoallison) August 15, 2021
The UK Government say that UK troops were there provide force protection and logistical support for the relocation of British nationals where required and assist with the acceleration of the ‘Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy’, you can read more about this below.