Honington: Gunners of 15 RAF Regiment expected home later today

SCORES of gunners are set to return home later today after a gruelling Afghan tour.

The 162 members of 15 Squadron RAF Regiment are expected to arrive back on British soil this afternoon via RAF Lakenheath.

They have been taking part in a four-month operational tour in Afghanistan.

The gunners have been responsible for maintaining security at Kandahar airbase, work which has involved regular patrols outside the perimeter of the airbase to keep aircraft and personnel safe from attack.

The airbase, in the Kandahar region of southern Afghanistan, boasts a 3,200m paved runway and was built by the Americans in the 1960s. Families of the gunners are now busily preparing a homecoming event for the squadron’s members.

A spokesman for RAF Honington, near Bury St Edmunds, said: “With a total of 162 personnel returning home there will be a real party atmosphere as they are met by family, friends and colleagues, who will be eager to welcome them home in great style.”

The airmen will enjoy a period of leave after their return to British soil.

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Group Capt Andy Hall has taken command of the station from Grp Capt Nick Bray, who had been in charge of operations since February 2009. 15 Squadron RAF Regiment will be returning to their home base of RAF Honington on Tuesday 15 March 2011 after an challenging 4 month tour of duty at Kandahar Air Base in Afghanistan.