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Akrotiri ‘morale’ reports incorrect, says British High Commissioner

Servicemen walk near a British Tornado jet at RAF Akrotiri

British High Commissioner Damian Roderic Todd on Monday described BBC reports of low morale and poor food supplies at RAF Akrotiri as “incorrect”.
Commenting on the reports published in the UK on Saturday, Todd repeated the position of the British ministry of defence in describing the reports as inaccurate.
“This is the key word ‘incorrect’,” he told the Cyprus News Agency.
Asked whether these complaints would be investigated, the High Commissioner said they most likely would be.
According to the BBC story on Saturday raids against Islamic State were being conducted from RAF Akrotiri “with broken jets and tired and fed-up people”.
In a letter to BBC’s Newsnight, a British serviceman said the base was being neglected, morale was poor and ground crews had taken to eating humanitarian rations meant for Iraqis.
The BBC said it had also been told that only 16 of 102 RAF Tornado jets still meet full combat standards. The BBC said it knew the identity of the letter writer but that the organisation was protecting his anonymity.
An RAF spokesman responded: “In our opinion this letter is factually inaccurate. In layman’s terms, it is completely full of holes.”
A source at the British MoD said the facilities, as well as conditions of service, at Akrotiri are comparable with all RAF stations around the world.

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