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.