PERSONNEL from RAF Leeming have deployed to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus.

Their mission is to guard and protect the Royal Air Force’s main operating base in the Eastern Mediterranean region for the operations against the threat of ISIS.

The Leeming detachment consists of 57 Gunners from 34 Squadron RAF Regiment.

The deployment marks a return to the island where 34 Sqn was previously based for many years before returning to the UK in 1996.

The deployment to Cyprus will see the Gunners conducting what for them is core business, the protection of RAF airfields, providing armed over watch of the main entry points to the airfield, conducting patrols, and manning vehicle check points.

Squadron Leader Matt Jupp, Officer Commanding 34 Squadron RAF Regiment said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for members of 34 Squadron RAF Regiment to provide Force Protection at RAF Akrotiri, part of the Sovereign Base Areas on Cyprus.

The Squadron has a long-standing history in Cyprus stretching back more than 60 years, however for many of the Gunners this is their first deployment and we are taking great pride in our role, providing protection of air assets.”