Operations in Afghanistan

Flight Lieutenant Steven Swarbrick killed in Afghanistan

It is with deep regret that the MOD must confirm the death of Flight Lieutenant Steven Swarbrick, who was killed following the crash of a RAF Nimrod MR2 aircraft in Afghanistan on Saturday 2 September 2006.

Flight Lieutenant Steven Swarbrick (All rights reserved.)
Flight Lieutenant Steven Swarbrick (All rights reserved.)

Flight Lieutenant Steve Swarbrick, Pilot

Flt Lt Steve Swarbrick, or ‘Swarbs’ as he was universally known, 28, from Liverpool, was a loyal, dependable and fully committed young pilot with the world at his feet.

His great sense of fun and compassion made him an exceptional crew member. A sports ‘nut’, he could always be relied upon for comment on the England cricket team and his dedication to his much-loved Liverpool FC. A keen outdoor enthusiast and talented rock climber, Swarbs will leave a huge gap on No.120 Sqn and with those who loved him dearly.

Shortly after the incident RAF Kinloss Station Commander Group Captain Chris Birks said:

I am very deeply saddened about the deaths of twelve air crew from Royal Air Force Kinloss in a Nimrod accident over Afghanistan. All twelve were from Number 120 Squadron based here at Kinloss. All were long serving and experienced air crew and were known to me personally.

As well as first class personnel these were colleagues and friends of myself and my other personnel. The station is in mourning. The main priority now is to provide support for the families of those lost, their friends and colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Officer Commanding 120 Squadron, based at RAF Kinloss, Wing Commander Martin Cannard added:

120 Squadron has suffered a profound loss. We have lost good friends and colleagues, many known personally to us over many years. I have been humbled by the commitment and determination of all of my people to do all that they can for those that have lost loved ones and friends and this will be our sole focus in the coming days.