RAF Marham was transformed to resemble Kandahar Airfield as its Tornado force prepares for its penultimate deployment to Afghanistan.
Members of IX(B) Squadron were put through their paces during a series of training exercises this week ahead of its mission later this month.
The Squadron will be taking over from the base’s II(AC) Sqn and will be the last but one to take its turn at providing air cover for allied and Afghan ground troops.
Marham’s 31 Sqn will oversee the final draw-down of UK forces at the end of the year.
The training exercise was designed to expose personnel to the tempo of operations at Kandahar Airfield and potential incidents they may face during the deployment.
Scenarios included intruders trying to get into the base, dealing with a variety of casualties and tackling a fire.
Wing Commander Chris Snaith, IX (B)’s commanding officer, said a number of the Squadron have not deployed to Afghanistan before, and the confidence they gained from training was “invaluable”.
He added: “This will be Squadron’s final tour in Afghanistan and, as the curtain is drawn on this episode in the Squadron’s history, I am confident the Squadron could not be better prepared to do what is needed to help and support that country.”