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RAF Tornados leave Afghanistan for the last time

Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s have left Afghanistan and are heading back to the UK after more than five years of operations in the country.

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

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.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

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.

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