The Sentinel R1 ground station returns from Afghanistan
After more than six years of continuous service supporting operations in Afghanistan RAF intelligence analysts have now moved out of Camp Bastion.
Personnel from V(AC) Squadron who interpret data from Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft, translating it into useful information for ground force commanders, packed up their ground station (seen here on a C-17) before returning to the UK.
However the move doesn’t impact operations as developments in the aircraft’s satellite communications enable it to continue to carry out reconnaissance missions over Afghanistan, transmitting data elsewhere for analysis.
Over the past few months the unit’s equipment has been gradually packed and moved back to RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.
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