Lost R&R ‘Will Be Reimbursed’

Posted: 12/28/2010
UK Ministry of Defence [MoD]
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Personnel in Afghanistan who lost time out of their R&R allocation as a result of the UK snow will have the days reimbursed at the end of their spell in theatre.

A spokeswoman for the MoD stressed that Service personnel on Op Herrick 13 would have the days added back to their Post Operational Tour Leave.

As previously reported on MoDOracle.com, there had been disruption to the air bridge in December journey times taking longer as a result of UK ice and snow.

Despite the cancellations stemming from runway closures at civilian airports such as Heathrow, Brize was only closed for two hours for snow clearance on December 18.

Flight times between the UK and Afghanistan are around seven hours although this can take longer if flights are diverted for operational reasons.

The spokeswoman added: "There are no remaining problems as a result of the bad weather and we have worked extremely hard to clear the backlog of flights.

As previously reported on MoDOracle.com, the ash cloud created by the Icelandic volcano last caused serious disruption for soldiers during the Relief In Place (RIP) between Op Herrick 11 and 12 in April.

During the problems, grounded flights meant troops were stranded in theatre