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  • afghanistan Operation Toral



    The UK contribution to NATO mission Resolute Support is known as Operation Toral. This followed on immediately from Operation Herrick XX, on 1 Jan 2015. Its objective was to support the Afghan Army Academy.

    3x Puma HC.2 rotated successively from RAF Benson in support of the NATO Resolute Support mission and were based at Kabul International Airport. The Pumas were withdrawn at the end of Jun 2021.


    RAF Pumas Returns from Afghanistan, 28-Jun-21 : As part of UK Armed Forces process of withdrawing from Afghanistan the RAF Puma helicopters deployed with NATO Resolute Support Mission since March 2015 returned to RAF Benson

    RAF Puma Reached 1600 Days in Afghanistan, 04-Aug-19 : #Puma The RAF Benson Pumas Detachment based in Kabul, Afghanistan as part of Operation TORAL, is deployed since March 2015 to train, advise and assist (TAAC-Air) Afghan security forces

    RAF Puma HC.2 Fleet Reaches 20,000 Flight Hours, 20-Dec-17 : The 24 Puma HC.2 delivered to the RAF between 2012 and 2015 reached 20,000 flying hours

    RAF Puma HC.2 Complete First Year in Afghanistan, 01-Apr-16 : In their first operational deployment, RAF Puma Mk.2 helicopters from Operation Toral completed one year in Kabul. They replaced the Chinook detachment on April 2015 in NATO mission Resolute Support

    10,000 Flight Hours for RAF Puma Mk.2, 18-Feb-16 : The Royal Air Force marked significant milestone as they reached 10,000 flying hours for the Puma HC.2 helicopter fleet


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    DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels
        mar15 to jun21 UK 33 Squadron Royal Air Force Puma Mk2
        mar15 to jun21 UK 230 Squadron Royal Air Force Puma Mk2

    Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation

    Individual helicopters

    Model IDs
    Aerospatiale SA330H Puma ZJ955    

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