TRADS 40 Camp Bastion
TRADS 40 Camp Bastion
TRADS 40 Camp Bastion

2012 – 2013 Camp Bastion Afghanistan

During the drawdown of the UK armed forces in Afghanistan it was decided by the Ministry of Defence to destroy the small arms ammunition that was shelf life expired, damaged or surplus to requirements. EOD Solutions Ltd was contracted to provide a TRADS40 in Camp Bastion to destroy all the obsolete and time expired ammunition so that it would not require expensive specialist transport back to the UK.

EOD Solutions Ltd staff hired and trained local labour to undertake this task from KBR who supplied all labour for Camp Bastion. Company personnel also sorted and loaded the ammunition for delivery to the TRADS work area as the ammunition was mixed and needed to be sorted for the TRADS to destroy it efficiently.

Inspections were then carried out to ensure it was free from explosives and safe to sell as basic metal scrap. The scrap was then packaged ready for shipment for sale as normal scrap items. EOD Solutions Ltd carried out all these tasks which allowed the ammunition staff to concentrate on operational issues.

Destruction was typically 4 to 5 tons per day and took place throughout the different seasons both very hot and very cold. In total the destruction completed 1500 tons of ammunition which had been stored since the start of operations. The company was one of the last contractors to leave Camp Bastion and was very proud of its achievement.

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