18 September 2012
Camp Bastion Afghanistan Photos
An audacious Taliban attack on a heavily fortified base in southern Afghanistan
did far more damage than initially reported, destroying or severely damaging
eight attack jets in the most destructive single strike on Western matériel
in the 11-year war, military officials said Sunday.
While other attacks have caused greater loss of life, the assault late Friday
at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, one of the largest and best-defended
posts in Afghanistan, was troubling to NATO because the attackers were able
to penetrate the base, killing two Marines and causing more than $200 million
in damage. Were saying its a very sophisticated attack,
said a military official here. Weve lost aircraft in battle,
but nothing like this. ...
The military investigation into the attack at Bastion is now trying to uncover
whether the insurgents had help from inside the camp and whether they were
trained or aided by neighboring countries, such as Pakistan or Iran, which
have allowed the Taliban to take refuge on their territory. But military
officials and Afghan analysts said that the insurgents may well have prepared
for their mission in significant measure by studying easily available satellite
images on the Internet. We dont underestimate the enemy,
the military official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because
of the continuing investigation. We know the enemy has limited capability
to do these, but they are not a whole bunch of yokels running around the
Wahid Mujda, an Afghan analyst who tracks the Taliban, said that despite
the Talibans statement that the attack was retaliation for an anti-Muslim
video, the video almost certainly had nothing to do with it.
I do not think that the Camp Bastion attack had anything to do with
the anti-Prophet movie, Mr. Mujda said. Given the sophistication
of the attack one can say with a lot of confidence that the Taliban had been
training, rehearsing and preparing for weeks and even months. Everything
was not planned and decided overnight.
He predicted that the Afghan government and the international military forces
here would see similar attacks in the future.
They have experts, strategists, planners and designers, they have a
great knowledge of the modern technology, Mr. Mujda said.
My sources in the Taliban tell me that every time they want to attack
an important target they use Google Maps and other available means for studying
and understanding their targets.
Source of photos below: UK Ministry
of Defence imagery website, selected from
photos of Camp Bastion and from the
US Department of Defense imagery
server, selected for
500 photos on Camp Bastion
Camp Bastion Afghanistan Photos
Photograph shows Royal Air Force Chinook Mk2 helicopters from 1310 Flight
taking off from Camp Bastion airfield in Helmand, Afghanistan. The Joint
Helicopter Force (AFGHANISTAN) or JHF (A) is a deployed tri-Service unit
from the Joint Helicopter Command. Its primary purpose is to facilitate tactical
mobility, reconnaissance and Aviation Fires support to the UK task force
in Helmand Province and to the multi-national force of Regional Command (South).
October 31, 2011. MoD
Photograph shows an Army Air Corps Apache Longbow helicopter landing at Camp
Bastion airfield, Afghanistan. The Joint Helicopter Force (AFGHANISTAN) or
JHF (A) is a deployed tri-Service unit from the Joint Helicopter Command.
Its primary purpose is to facilitate tactical mobility, reconnaissance and
Aviation Fires support to the UK task force in Helmand Province and to the
multi-national force of Regional Command (South). October 31, 2011. MoD
A Royal Navy Sea King Mk4 helicopter is pictured over Camp Bastion, Helmand
Province, Afghanistan. Royal Navy Sea King Mk4 helicopters from 845 and 846
Naval Air Squadrons normally based with Commando Helicopter Force at the
Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton in Somerset, flying as part of the Joint
Helicopter Force Afghanistan in support of current operations in Afghanistan.
October 5, 2011. MoD
Royal Navy Sea King Mk4 helicopters from 845 and 846 Naval Air Squadrons
normally based with Commando Helicopter Force at the Royal Naval Air Station
Yeovilton in Somerset, flying as part of the Joint Helicopter Force Afghanistan
in support of current operations in Afghanistan. The helicopters are pictured
flying over Camp Bastion, Helmand province. September 28, 2011. MoD
An RAF C-130 Hecules aircraft is seen taking off from Camp Bastion Airfield,
Afghanistan. The C-130 fleet are part of 904 Expeditionary Air Wing. 904
Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW) is the RAF Headquarters element based at Kandahar
airfield, which is a strategically vital location just ten miles from
Afghanistans second city comprising of 1.2 million people. Kandahar
is one of the worlds busiest airfields, with over 400 aircraft and
a quarter of a million aircraft movements every year. It is home to a diverse
mix of nations operating a vast range of platforms including RAF Reaper Remotely
Piloted Air Systems (RPAS), helicopters, strategic and tactical lift such
as the RAF C-130, civilian and contractor aircraft and a large number of
fast jets including F16, Mirage 2000, FA-18, A-10 and the RAF Tornado GR4.
These aircraft operate in harmony to provide critical support to the Land
Forces and contribute to the ISAF mission to stabilise and develop Afghanistan.
The C-130J Hercules is used in the tactical support role. It is capable of
operating from unprepared austere airstrips, and operates in support of Land
Forces by moving troops and delivering supplies through air drop. Both aircraft
types operate extensively in support of British troops, but are also in demand
across the entire operating area and will frequently support Coalition Forces
across the whole of Afghanistan. July 5, 2011. MoD
A Mastiff Armoured vehicle is pictured in front of a Wolfhound. The 2nd Royal
Tank Regiments Falcon Squadron, based in Tidworth, Hants, have arrived
at Camp Bastion in Afghanistans Helmand province and are conducting
their final training known as RSOI - before going out on the ground.
RSOI or the Reception Staging and Onward Integration package, to give
it its full title - is mandatory for all soldiers entering Afghanistan. Here
the guys have a last practice of their skills in the conditions they will
face out on the ground. They are also taught the enemys latest techniques
by soldiers returning from their tour of duty. May 1, 2011. MoD
A Royal Air Force aircrewman leaves an RAF Merlin Helicopter at Camp Bastion
in Helmand Province, Afghanistan following a successful mission. This image
was a winner in the Royal Air Force Photographic Competition 2010. July 7,
Pictured is the Joint Theatre Education Centre at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.
Camp Bastion is the main headquarters for British Forces in Afghanistan.
December 13, 2009. MoD
The sign at the entrance way to Camp Bastion in Helmand, Afghanistan. Camp
Bastion is the main headquarters for British Forces in Afghanistan. Within
it's perimeter are an airfield, offices and accommodation. December 12, 2009.
The two tier accommodation blocks at Camp Bastion, Helmand, Afghanistan.
Camp Bastion is the headquarters for British Forces in Afghanistan.
December 13, 2009. MoD
Pictured is the Church at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan where troops of several
different denominations are able to worship. Designed not only as a worship
centre for the military personnel in Camp Bastion, it also provides a haven
in the midst of a very robust and exhausting working environment and is used
almost constantly by day and through the evenings. Camp Bastion is the main
headquarters for British Forces in Afghanistan. December 13, 2009. MoD
A Jackal Armoured Vehicle is put through it's paces at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.
The Jackal is a highly manoeuvreable Mobility Weapon-Mounted Installation
Kit (MWMIK) vehicle that dramatically improves upon the adapted Land Rover
WMIK previously used in theatre. April 2, 2008. MoD
The Medical Treatment Facility at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. The Medical
Treatment Facility (MTF), which is housed in one of the few solid buildings
at Bastion replaces the tented field hospital that has been used since 2003.
The temperature-controlled building allows the medics to better avoid the
heat, cold or dust that come with the Helmand territory. With a fully equipped
operating theatre supporting two operating tables, the MTF also supports
up to six beds for the most critically injured in an Intensive Treatment
Unit (ITU). Two general wards handle patients with recovery needs and there
are an additional two separate, private rooms, supplying a total capacity
of 37 beds, with room for expansion. February 9, 2008. MoD
An aerial image of the Royal Marine Armoured Support Troop (AST) as they
move their Viking all terrain vehicles from Kandahar to Camp Bastion in Helmand
Province. October 21, 2006. MoD
|Images following from the US
Department of Defense imagery server, selected for
500 on Camp Bastion
The American flag flies at half-staff outside the hangar of Marine Heavy
Helicopter Squadron 363 at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2012. The
squadron held a ceremony to honor six Marines who were killed when their
CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter crashed conducting combat operations in Helmand
province, Afghanistan, Jan. 19, 2012. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brian
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Mark Sabatino, a plane captain with Marine Light
Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 369, performs maintenance on an AH-1W Super
Cobra helicopter at Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Jan. 19,
2012. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brian Adam Jones/Released)
U.S. Marines render a gunfighter salute during an awards ceremony in honor
of Sgt. Christopher Lemke, a mechanic with Marine Light Attack Helicopter
Squadron (HMLA) 369, at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2012. Lemke
discovered a previously unknown issue with a UH-1Y Venom aircraft that
represented an extreme risk to the aircraft and aircrew. Lemke was awarded
the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by
Cpl. Brian Jones/Released)
U.S. Marines and Coalition Forces run in a half-marathon on New Year's Day,
aboard Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, January 1, 2012. The
event was held to raise money for the British Limbless Ex-Service Men's
Association, an organization dedicated to helping UK troops who have lost
limbs in Afghanistan and Iraq. (Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Timothy L. Solano)
U.S. Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 369 raise
their arms as a UH-1Y Venom helicopter takes off Dec. 5, 2011, at Camp Bastion,
Afghanistan. Marines with HMLA-369 raise their arms as a form of saluting
to wish pilots and other crew members a safe mission. (U.S. Marine Corps
photo by Lance Cpl. Robert R. Carrasco/Released)
British Soldiers offload from a UH-60 Blackhawk to pick up an injured Afghan
Uniformed Policeman aboard forward operating base Jackson, Sangin, Afghanistan
Oct. 2, 2011. The policeman was transported to Camp Bastion for further medical
care. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Armando Mendoza/Released)