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September 9, 2014

UK Royal Air Force halts operations at RAF Leuchars

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has stopped combat aviation operations at RAF Leuchars in Fife, Scotland, with the relocation of 1 (Fighter) Squadron to nearby RAF Lossiemouth.

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The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has stopped combat aviation operations at RAF Leuchars in Fife, Scotland, with the relocation of 1 (Fighter) Squadron to nearby RAF Lossiemouth.

Operating from RAF Lossiemouth, 1 (Fighter) Squadron’s Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft will now provide quick reaction alert cover alongside the 6 Squadron Typhoons for the north of the UK.

Meanwhile, the quick reaction alert for the south of the country will be provided by the Typhoons located at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.

1 (Fighter) Squadron commanding officer 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."

RAF Lossiemouth station commander group captain Mark Chappell said: "Personnel from both RAF Leuchars and RAF Lossiemouth have spent many months preparing the Station for its new role.

"The station is ready to provide the UK with the service the RAF was created for – control of the air and protection of our airspace."

"The station is ready to provide the service to the UK that the Royal Air Force was primarily created for – that is, control of the air and protection of our airspace."

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Commenting on RAF Leuchars, Scotland Air Officer and RAF Leuchars station commander air commodore Gerry Mayhew said: "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."

The air base is set to become home to the UK Army units from 2015 onwards, including the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, 2 Close Support Battalion of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, and the 110 Provost Company of the Royal Military Police.

The Typhoon is a twin-engine, canard-delta wing, multirole fighter manufactured by a consortium of EADS, Alenia Aeronautica and BAE for deployment during air operations, including air policing, peace support and high-intensity conflict missions worldwide.


Image: Two 6 Squadron Typhoon fighter jets stationed at RAF Leuchars in Fife, Scotland. Photo: © Crown.

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