Record-Breaking Month For Port Liaison Team
September broke records for the Port Liaison Team
(PLT) from Wittering’s 1 Expeditionary Logistics
The PLT sends specialist teams to ports around the world so RAF equipment which is too big or heavy to be flown, can be transported by sea and pass through customs at foreign ports legally and quickly.
The team needs to arrive at the destination weeks ahead of schedule and works with the embassies and port authorities to make sure the freight can be unloaded and transported to the exercise or operation smoothly.
During September, with only a small team to oversee the handling of cargo, the PLT moved nearly 1,000 tonnes of military equipment to and from Europe, the Middle-East and Asia. It has been the busiest month in the team’s history.
Earlier this year, the team received a special commendation from Royal Air Force Deputy Commander Operations, Air Marshal Gerry Mayhew, which was announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019.
Group Captain Jo Lincoln, Station Commander at RAF Wittering and Commander of the RAF A4 (Logistics and Engineering) Force Elements, said: “In modern air operations we use every logistics means at our disposal to make sure the RAF has what it needs. That means moving those essential supplies by land, sea and air.
“The Port Liaison Team absolutely deserve their commendation. Moving military equipment from country to country is not always easy. You need a detailed knowledge of customs and diplomatic processes to make it happen smoothly, and that is what this team does so well.”
PHOTO: Some members of the Port Liaison Team (from left) SAC Aaron Veal, SAC Lauren Potter, Flight Sgt Mark Evans, Sgt Michael Luis and Sgt Lee Markham.