British troops weren’t the only ones to leave Camp Bastion when the military base in Helmand was closed last month – all the catering equipment once used on site has also moved on.
Defence and government services specialist Agility was given the contract to dispose of MoD equipment from Afghanistan, including commercial kitchen appliances.
It set up a website to facilitate the process earlier this year, which stated that its aim was to achieve “the best recoverable asset value” for all commodities.
The website invites interested parties to get in touch if they wish to enquire about the inventory, but when contacted yesterday the company confirmed that all kitchen equipment had now been snapped up.
In an email response, Agility’s sales director, Andrew Eccles, said: “As you are probably aware from the news, Camp Bastion has now been handed over and the drawdown is very near completion. All catering equipment has now been sold.”
The value or volume of kit sold off during the sale is not known, but given the camp was once home to 28,000 troops it is likely to be a considerable amount.
Camp Bastion had three huge dining facilities each capable of feeding around 7,000 diners.
It also had a Pizza Hut, KFC and even its own water bottling plant sucking up water from 300 feet below the Helmand desert, which once fell as snow on the Hindu Kush mountain range.