The Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore visited RAF Kinloss and RAF Lossiemouth to meet personnel who served in Op ELLAMY (Libya) and to see progress being made towards transition of the bases.
Tornado GR4 aircraft, aircrew and engineering personnel from RAF Lossiemouth were deployed last year to in support of operations in Libya to protect the civilian population from attacks by Colonel Gaddafi’s forces.
The Secretary of State said: “I am delighted to pay tribute to the courage and professionalism of our RAF personnel who played an instrumental role in Coalition operations in Libya.”
The Secretary of State also welcomed progress on preparing Lossiemouth for the arrival of the Typhoon force and transitioning Kinloss from the RAF to the Army.
“I am pleased to hear that work is well underway on both fronts. I particularly welcome the active engagement by the local community in Moray who have been closely involved in preparing for the arrival of 39 Engineer Regiment in summer. It is really important to build those lasting connections at an early stage and I am glad that the Regiment will receive such a warm welcome.
“I would also like to praise the efforts of the Kinloss Skills Partnership and Work Club who are doing some truly excellent work to help service personnel and families build links with employers, retaining skills and attract inward investment to the area. This is really positive and I welcome the efforts of the individuals and organisations involved who are working to make this a success.”