Op PITTING: The British Army’s Experience in the Evacuation of Kabul

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On 15 August 2021 and following a rapid offensive, the Afghan capital fell to the Taliban. In the days that followed, a multinational non-combatant evacuation operation was undertaken in what became the largest such British effort since the Second World War. Centred around the international airport and involving approximately 1,000 military personnel predominantly from 16 Air Assault Brigade, Operation PITTING would successfully evacuate over 15,000 eligible Afghan and British nationals. RUSI is delighted to be able to host members of the Brigade including the Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment.

The event will seek to highlight relevant lessons from the operations, and the participants will then be ready to engage in a broader discussion with the audience.


Lieutenant Colonel Dave Middleton, Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA), commanded the 2 PARA Battlegroup on Op PITTING. He took command in March 2021 and previously served in Headquarters 16 Air Assault Brigade and the Ministry of Defence.

Major Jim Viney, Deputy Chief of Staff, 16 Air Assault Brigade, was the Brigade DCOS during Op PITTING. A Royal Engineer by background, he has been in post for almost a year.

Captain Jamie Robson, Operations Officer, 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, was the 2 PARA Operations Officer during Op PITTING. He took over the role in July 2021 and has previously served as a junior officer in 2 PARA and at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick.

The webinar will be moderated by Dr Jack Watling.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Živilė Kulevičiūtė, Events Manager, at ZivileK@rusi.org.

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