RAF Gunners help with guns and drugs raids

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A FORMER Honington airman was with an elite team which recovered huge hauls of weapons and drugs in two raids in Helmand province.

Flight Lieutenant Tom Foskett, who was stationed at Honington and whose family still live there, is in Afghanistan with the Wittering-based 3 Squadron RAF Regiment and leads a mentoring team working with local police.

PRC patrolman with some of the weapons captured during the operation.''''Elite patrolmen from Helmand's Provincial Response Company (PRC) have uncovered a huge stash of weapons and drugs in two separate operations in a 48-hour period.''''The PRC deployed on two separate operations in Helmand Province based on Afghan intelligence to search suspect compounds and uncover significant finds of weapons and drugs.

PRC patrolman with some of the weapons captured during the operation.''''Elite patrolmen from Helmand's Provincial Response Company (PRC) have uncovered a huge stash of weapons and drugs in two separate operations in a 48-hour period.''''The PRC deployed on two separate operations in Helmand Province based on Afghan intelligence to search suspect compounds and uncover significant finds of weapons and drugs.

In two raids this week, the Helmand Provincial Response Company (PRC), uncovered 13 rifles, four rocket-propelled grenade launchers, an 82mm mortar and a large quantity of ordnance including mines and huge quantities of small arms ammunition.

The second raid uncovered more than 90kg of opium in the Pupalzay region of Lashkar Gah district. This operation was supported by the PRC Embedded Mentoring Team and soldiers from the Queen’s Royal Hussars, who provided security in the area during the operation.

The PRC embedded mentoring team have brought the company through basic and advanced training and have deployed with them in a mentoring role over five months.

FFlt Lt Foskett said: “This has been an extremely successful 48 hours in which the PRC proved that their months of training have worked. They are fully capable of deploying un-mentored at short notice and have clearly demonstrated their capability to carry out high-profile operations across the province.”