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  Ministry of Defence

Read on to see how we helped the Ministry of Defence erect a modular, light-weight temporary storage unit in Kandahar amidst the 13 year conflict against the Taliban.

temporary structure

BACKGROUND

Between the years of 2001 and 2014, the UK was involved in conflict in Afghanistan. They fought against the Taliban and fighters from al-Qaeda, who provided a safe-haven for terrorists to plan and carry out attacks around the world. The conflict was originally sparked by the 9/11 terrorist attack. Over 13 years, 456 British troops lost their lives and the conflict cost the UK £14bn.

Since 1964, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has worked to protect the security, independence and interests of our country, both at home and abroad. They have worked to ensure our armed forces have the training, equipment and support necessary to do their jobs. They have seven military tasks ranging from providing security for stabilisation to providing nuclear deterrance. The UK regular forces consist of full time trained and untrained personnel in the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.

The 205th corps of the Afghan nation army was based at Kandahar, the second largest city in Afghanistan, providing military assistance to the south of the country, backed by NATO forces, who, over time, expanded the Afghan police force for the prevention of a Taliban comeback in Kandahar.

Services were offered such as electricty and clean drinking water – things the Taliban could not provide – encouraging support for the government in a city that was once in the Taliban’s headquarters.

Fabric clad temporary storage shelter

HOW DID WE HELP?

In 2008, in the midst of the conflict, the MOD required a modular, lightweight building to be used as a temporary storage unit at the British Forces base in Kandahar: It was requested that the building be sturdy yet lightweight, and easy-to-erect enough to be installed by the British Forces engineers themselves in Kandahar. For logistics purposes i.e. shipment out to Afghanistan, it should also have seaworthy packaging and be easy to store in a container.

The building was to be manufactured to the maximum height in order to ensure flexible use, and so eventually the decision was made to purchase a 300m2 unit (10m wide x 30m long) with a 5-meter side height. An anti-condensation double skin roof was added, as well as steel clad walls, a manual vehicle access door and a personnel access door. The official order from the MOD was finalized in August 2008 for shipment 3 weeks later.

Thankfully, in Spring 2014, authority was handed over to Afghan forces with minimal troops remaining for training purposes, which saw the international military’s role change from leading combat operations to training, advising and assisting.