Preparing to deploy

ROYAL Air Force personnel on their way to Iraq and Afghanistan are being prepared for their deployment with training at a Suffolk airbase.Prior to being sent to the conflict zones and any other operational deployment, the Royal Air Force is putting its personnel through a two-week operational readiness course at RAF Honington.

ROYAL Air Force personnel on their way to Iraq and Afghanistan are being prepared for their deployment with training at a Suffolk airbase.

Prior to being sent to the conflict zones and any other operational deployment, the Royal Air Force is putting its personnel through a two-week operational readiness course at RAF Honington.

Next year more than 1,300 personnel, ranging in rank from air commodore to senior aircraftman, are expected to complete the mandatory Enhanced Individual Reinforcement Training.

The RAF has revealed that many of the personnel who go through the course will deploy direct from Honington to their postings in Iraq or Afghanistan.

RAF staff at Honington were today due to unveil many of the operations at the base to shed light on the training and preparedness of air force personnel.

The Enhanced Individual Reinforcement Training includes mine awareness training and anti-ambush training.

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RAF personnel are currently deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, The Falklands and the Balkans.

RAF Honington was opened in 1937 and played key roles in Second World War bombing campaigns. Afterward it was used as a servicing centre, for bomb storage and a range of other roles.

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