RLC

47 Air Despatch Humanitarian Relief Effort

On 7 August 2014 with summer leave in sight, 47 Air Despatch Squadron received a call activating two Air Despatch crews, preparing loads from UK Aid for air despatch in Northern Iraq.

Hard graft and good planning enabled them to quickly prepare twelve 1 tonne loads for the first despatch, working with RAF Loadmasters and ground engineers frantically preparing the aircraft for imminent departure (complete with media team).

The crew over the next few days flew numerous sorties despatching tonnes of aid, including water purification units, solar lanterns and shelter kits to the thousands of displaced refugees in Iraq.

There was substantial media attention for interviews and the Defence Minister visited to see the Joint UK military effort. Reflecting on what they had achieved, 47 Air Despatch Squadron were all exceptionally proud to be able to directly influence the welfare and conditions of those most vulnerable and in desperate need on the ground.

frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>

ShareShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Other News

Off to a flying start in winter sports

17th January 2019

1 Regiment Alpine Ski Team is off to a flying start in Serre Chevalier competing at Ex SPARTAN HIKE. So far, the team has given a confident performan... Read More


Catering alongside the Royal Navy

10th January 2019

RLC chef LCpl Scott A Barnett writes about his experiences catering onboard HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH working alongside Royal Naval chefs. Since joining HM... Read More


RLC Enduro season off to a flying start

The 2019 RLC Motorcycle Enduro team got off to a flying start in early January at the Valleys Xtreme Enduro event in Glyn Neath Wales. The team got o... Read More