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KATE Middleton today beamed as she met military personnel and civilians who helped evacuate Afghans from their country.

The Duchess of Cambridge is visiting RAF Brize Norton in a return to Royal duties after taking a summer break.


Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, visits RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire[/caption]


She met  those involved in the evacuation of Afghanistan[/caption]


Operation Pitting was the largest humanitarian aid operation for over 70 years[/caption]

She chatted to those who took part in Operation Pitting, which saw more than 15,000 people airlifted out of Kabul during August, including thousands of Arap (Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy) applicants and their dependents.

More than 850 people arrived at the RAF base in Oxfordshire and were provided practical support like food, clothing, children’s toys and medical help while their details were processed.

During her visit, the duchess met RAF aircrews and medics who supported evacuees at Kabul airport and civilians and volunteers who established a repatriation centre at RAF Brize Norton.

Operation Pitting involved every unit at the military base, with personnel working alongside the Royal Navy, Army, local authorities and aid organisations in Afghanistan and the UK.

Brize Norton’s full fleet of RAF transport aircraft flew around the clock to support the evacuation, including a record flight for an RAF C17 Globemaster which carried 439 passengers out of Kabul.

Aircraft involved in the operation also carried supplies ranging from clothing and baby food for the evacuees.


She beamed as she spoke to those who took part in Operation Pitting[/caption] Source: The Sun

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