In numbers: Revisiting the UK's evacuation mission in Afghanistan

Operation Pitting was the largest humanitarian aid operation in over 70 years, evacuating thousands of Afghans and British nationals from Kabul.

Commanded from the UK's Permanent Joint Headquarters, the operation began on 13 August 2021 and assisted those eligible for relocation to the UK.

In just over 16 days, more than 15,000 people were evacuated by Armed Forces personnel together with colleagues in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the UK Border Force deployed to Afghanistan.

The effort was one of the biggest evacuations of civilians since the Second World War, with 100 flights.

On 16 August 2021, the first flight of 370 evacuees landed at RAF Brize Norton.

16 Air Assault Brigade put 600 soldiers on the ground to provide force protection and logistical support to the vast operation at Kabul Airport.

The RAF completed a record-breaking flight, with 439 passengers on a C-17 Globemaster.

Between the start of the operation and the final flight on 28 August 2021, more than 15,000 people on 100 flights, from at least 38 different nations, were flown out of Kabul as part of an overall evacuation of over 122,000.


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