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UK Operation POLARBEAR ~ Wadi Seidna Air Base NEO ~ UPDATED

The Parachute Engineer Regiment and Commando Royal Engineers have conducted urgent airfield damage repair at Wadi Seidna Air Base in Sudan [Crown Copyright: PO Phot Arron Hoare]

Parachute and Commando Royal Engineers on Op POLARBEAR have conducted urgent airfield damage repair at Wadi Seidna Air Base in Sudan.

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+ See below for updated images from nights of 29 &30 May +

UK MoD Press Update, Whitehall, 29 April 2023: The Parachute Engineer Regiment and Commando Royal Engineers have conducted urgent airfield damage repair at Wadi Seidna Air Base in Sudan (28/04/2023).

The Parachute Engineer Regiment and Commando Royal Engineers have conducted urgent airfield damage repair at Wadi Seidna Air Base in Sudan [Crown Copyright: PO Phot Arron Hoare]
RAF Regiment Airmen watches on as an RAF plane arrives at Wadi Seidna Air Base in Sudan [Crown Copyright: PO Phot Arron Hoare]

The UK government assisted by the British Military has evacuated British Citizens from Sudan. RAF flights are continuing between Wadi Seidna airport in Sudan to Larnaca International Airport, following three evacuation flights that took place late overnight between Tuesday 25 April and Wednesday 26 April.

Footage of British Nationals being evacuated from Wadi Seidna Air Base in Sudan [Crown Copyright: PO Phot Arron Hoare]

The Ministry of Defence has been working to support the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office in evacuating civilian UK nationals from the airport. The operation involved more than 1,200 personnel from 16 Air Assault Brigade, the Royal Marines and the Royal Air Force.

RAF Regiment protecting an A400 Aircraft during the Evacuation from Wadi Seidna Air Base in Sudan [Crown Copyright: PO Phot Arron Hoare]
A family board an RAF Plane during the evacuation from Wadi Seidna Air Base in Sudan [Crown Copyright: PO Phot Arron Hoare]

+ UPDATED 01 May 2023 +

The final days of evacuations from Wadi Seidna Air Base in Sudan sees the last evacuees and military personnel boarding an RAF aircraft bound for Cyprus (29/04/2023) [Crown Copyright: Arron Hoare]
The final days of evacuations from Wadi Seidna Air Base in Sudan sees the last evacuees and military personnel boarding an RAF aircraft bound for Cyprus (29/04/2023) [Crown Copyright: Arron Hoare]

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Image of UK military personnel seen here preparing to board an RAF aircraft at the Wadi Seidna Air Base in Sudan, before departing for Cyprus (30/04/2023). They were the last to leave the airbase after ensuring British Nationals were safely evacuated to Cyprus [Crown Copyright: PO Phot Arron Hoare]
Image of UK military personnel seen here onboard an RAF aircraft at the Wadi Seidna Air Base in Sudan, before departing for Cyprus (30/04/2023). They were the last to leave the airbase after ensuring British Nationals were safely evacuated to Cyprus [Crown Copyright: PO Phot Arron Hoare]

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