News story: Typhoon aircraft relocate to RAF Lossiemouth

Relocating from RAF Leuchars in Fife, Scotland, to RAF Lossiemouth, Typhoon aircraft of 1 (Fighter) Squadron will now provide quick reaction alert (QRA) cover alongside the Typhoons of 6 Squadron for the north of the UK. Quick reaction alert for the south will be based at RAF Coningsby.

Air Officer Scotland and station commander at RAF Leuchars, Air Commodore Gerry Mayhew, said:


As the Typhoon aircraft and personnel of 1 (Fighter) Squadron begin their timely relocation to RAF Lossiemouth, it is fitting for us to pause and celebrate over 100 years of outstanding military aviation history at RAF Leuchars.

From its humble beginnings as a balloon station, Leuchars grew throughout the Second World War and beyond to become one of the United Kingdom’s foremost air defence stations. It’s exemplary record as the home of northern QRA stands as a testament to the professionalism and dedication of our people.

Speaking about the future of his squadron, officer commanding 1 (Fighter) Squadron, Wing Commander Mark Flewin, said:


The relocation of an entire fast-jet squadron is a phenomenal achievement and it is testament to the commitment, flexibility and capability of all personnel involved that it was carried out so successfully.

1 (Fighter) Squadron is delighted to have arrived at RAF Lossiemouth and now looks forward to continuing its quick reaction alert duties alongside 6 Squadron.

As for the future of RAF Leuchars, it will now focus on becoming home to army units the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, 2 Close Support Battalion of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, and 110 Provost Company of the Royal Military Police in 2015.

Brigadier Paul Harkness, Commander 51st Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Scotland, said of the army’s move to Leuchars:


We are delighted to have such a good location for 3 of our units relocating from Germany. We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to be part of the local community and look forward to maintaining the good relationship which the RAF has enjoyed.

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Temporary locations by the sounds of it. I cannot belive they have made the move before September the 18th. Madness.
 
Sacrifical anode. It stops Eck from using the alternative as ammo.

The fact that it buggers Army families about - is acceptable collateral.
 
Isn't the news story here 'RAF closes another base due to cutbacks'?
 
I know. It's still closing as an RAF base due to cuts though.
 
Seriously? Wasn't it a routine evolution back in the days of RAF Germany etc?
and something Army units do as a routine.
 

the_boy_syrup

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Seriously? Wasn't it a routine evolution back in the days of RAF Germany etc?

I thought that have we got to the stage that a move 2 hoursds up the road is a major event?
Not as if Lossie is a field in the middle of no where.
Planes take off from one location land at another job done.

Better put those blokes from Airplane repo on Discovery on standbye.
We might need to steal them back from the new Scottish Airforce next week.
 
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I know someone who is being posted there; he was denied a vote in the referendum because he owns his house in Germany. He is as Scottish as me.
The rules are simple, vote YES or NO only if you are on the electorial roll. Living/working outside Scotland = cut off date for registering.
 
...The relocation of an entire fast-jet squadron is a phenomenal achievement and it is testament to the commitment, flexibility and capability of all personnel involved that it was carried out so successfully...​
I hope there won't be this much fuss every time an RAF squadron embarks in one of the new carriers.
 

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